George Ballentine was a North Carolinaslave before and during the American Civil War. He accompanied his owner, Addison Holland into the 47th North Carolina. He served as Holland's bodyguard as well as a provision hauler for much of the war. In 1927, he was one of several black men who received a pension from the North Carolina legislature for his service during the war.
When the Rivington Men began supplying AK-47s, Ballentine had become so ingrained with the company that the men gave him one of the new repeaters. Benny Lang observed him strut toward the Company H camp as he rode up and demanded to know from 1st Sgt. Nate Caudell why he was letting a "kaffir" go about armed. Caudell explained the situation and indicated he wasn't in Company H. Lang demanded to know who commanded the company and stormed off to confront Capt. Sidney Mitchell.
Lang browbeat Mitchell into taking the rifle from Ballentine. Ballentine seemed to take it calmly but that night ran off. He attempted to cross the Rapidan but was spotted by a Confederate patrol and shot dead. His body was brought back to the 47th where the men of Company H gave him a formal funeral, presided over by Rev. William Lacy.