Cornelius Joyner
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1902
Occupation: Farmer, Soldier
Parents: Merritt Joyner,
Sarah Dixon
Spouse: Emily Leigh
Children: 11
Military Branch: Confederate
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Occupation: Judge
Military Branch: 47th North Carolina (Second American Revolution)

Cornelius Joyner (April 17, 1830 - August 17, 1902), a farmer from Nash County, North Carolina, served in Company D of the 47th North Carolina during the American Civil War. He was wounded in July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. His grave stone spells his first name Cornelious.

Cornelius Joyner in The Guns of the South[]

Cornelius Joyner was the justice of the peace of Nash County, North Carolina. In November 1867, he presided over the voting station for the presidential election[1]. In March 1868 he nailed the Proclamation Suspending Habeas Corpus In North Carolina to the Nash County courthouse notice board and then read it out to the gathered townspeople. George Lewis then stepped forward and announced that Governor Vance authorized the recall to duty Company D, 47th Infantry.[2] The next day, Joyner helped supervise the distribution of AK-47s to each man of the 47th for their march on Rivington.[3]


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 406-407.
  2. Ibid., pg. 467-470.
  3. Ibid., pg. 474.