The so-called Reddick Carney affair of 1868, to which the 40th U. S. Infantry (colored) was a party, was briefly as follows: Company A, 40th Infantry, was ordered from Smith’ ville to Goldsboro, N. C, where it reported March 13, 1868; Captain Wyllis Lyman, brevet major, in command. On April 17, the company was ordered to Pitt and Beaufort Counties. This company having been ordered to arrest one Reddick Carney and others in Pitt County, attempted to do so on April 25th. Carney and some companions resisted with firearms, and in a resulting affray at the time at Carney’s house, Reddick Carney and his son G. Carney were killed and Carney’s house destroyed. His son-in-law, one Whitehurst, was severely wounded. Captain Lyman was severely wounded in the left arm. Sergeant George Mullen killed and Private Henry Stanley mortally wounded, both of Company A. Reddick Carney, a reputed desperado, had been charged with several murders, including that of 1st Lieutenant John E. Kenyon, 28th Michigan Infantry, February 2, 1866, while the latter was arresting murderers.
(See “Record of Events,” 40th Infantry, Page 12.)