The 14th North Carolina Regiment

A memorial site dedicated to those North Carolinians who answered the call of their State
and served her honorably from 1861-1865 as members of the 14th Regiment, NC Troops

Johnston, William A. - Lt. Colonel, 14th N. C. Regiment

The following obituary comes from the November 10, 1898 edition of the "Roanoke Times", Weldon, North Carolina.

Col. W. A. Johnston


Colonel W. A. Johnston, one of the leading citizens of Littleton, died at his home in that town last Thursday morning at 2 o'clock from a stroke of paralysis. While the news was not unexpected, yet it came as a great shock to his many friends in Weldon and surrounding country.


Col. Johnston served with the distinction throughout the civil war. He enlisted when the first call was made, going out in May 1861 as a captain of the “Roanoke Minutes Men.” He was twice wounded in battle, once at Chancellorsville and for special gallantry in that fight he was promoted to Colonel of the 14th North Carolina regiment, and no braver soldier ever drew a sword. After the war Colonel Johnston settled down at his home in farming and merchandising since. At one time he successfully conducted the Central Hotel, at Littleton, and as a host he has been excelled by non who have followed him in the line of business.


He was a man of fine personal qualities, well informed on the leading questions of the day and was an uncompromising Democrat. For many years he was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was regular in his attendance up to the time when by reason of a failure of health he was confined to his room.


The funeral services took place Friday afternoon and the great concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends attended the love and esteem in which he was held. Bill Johnston Camp Confederate Veterans (named in his honor) turned out and formed an escort to the grave. Col. Johnston was also a Mason of high standing and after the veterans had filled the grave to a certain extent it was left to be completed with Masonic honors.


He was conscious in his last hours and took an affectionate farewell of his children saying he did not fear death at all. He entered the Shadow of Death and crossed over the dark river with the same courage and grace he evinced on the field of battle.


He leaves seven children who have the prayers and sympathy of all. Fatherless and motherless, as they now are, there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps and He will wipe all tears from faces and comfort then in their sad bereavement.


The News joins in with the large circle of relatives in Halifax County in expression of sympathy, and while the tears of the dear children are falling thick and fast and their hearts are all bruised and broken, we can only point them to the Rock That is Higher than I,” for Behold “He careth for them.”

Submitted by: Rebecca (Becky) Leach Dozier, who is Lt. Colonel Johnston's Great-Granddaughter.