Born in Wake County, Nathaniel is the brother of Lt. Wyatt Allen. He is shown as attending school in the 1860 census. Enlisted in Alamance County at age 20, May 28, 1861. Appointed Commissary Sergeant July 1, 1861, and transferred to Field and Staff of the 6th N.C.S.T. Reduced to ranks on February 25, 1862, and was reassigned to this company; however he was detailed as Acting Commissary Sergeant until November 7, 1863, when he was captured at Rappahannock Station, VA. Confined at Point Lookout, MD., until paroled and exchanged at CoxÕs Landing, James River, VA., February 14, 1865. Reported present with a detachment at Camp Lee, near Richmond, VA. February 17, 1865. In 1866, he joined the Cary Masonic Lodge no. 198 with his brother and father. He was demitted from the lodge in 1875. Allen was admitted to the Raleigh Old SoldierÕs Home on November 19, 1910 at age 68. It lists his home county as Guilford and his death as April 30, 1915. Nathaniel is buried Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.