Thanks for the reply Robert. Part of Lt. Col. J. F. Waring’s diary entry for 12 Apr 1865 reads: “We marched beyond Swift Creek bridge. At 10:30 A.M. Kilpatrick came up & attacked us. Or Reg’t was dismounted & in some works. The enemy flanked us out & gave us a hard run on foot. Lt. Metcalfe was killed. A better officer there was not in the Legion. Dick Eustis was shot in the spine – supposed to be mortal. He was left on the field.” His entry for the next day included the following: “Yesterday’s work was very fatiguing. In our regiment we lost 2 killed and 4 wounded only. Lt. Metcalfe’s loss is irreparable. He was an officer who would have graced any position. He was killed, sabre in hand, preparing his men to charge. The gallant Eustis – the bravest and best soldier in the Confederate army – fell too yesterday, and was left behind.”
Our ancestors really experienced some hard fighting as the War was coming to a close in NC. I think it was truly an honorable deed that some of them named their children after their fallen comrades.