We have a set of the books The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies as well as a set of the covering the Union and Confederate Navy. And I did use them recently to find correspondence between General DH Hill and one of his subordinates about the construction of a Confederate fort on Contentnea Creek in Wilson County. But it can be a daunting task to find what you are looking for in the 159 volumes. Cornell University has now made it a whole lot more accessible. They have digitized the monographs for their Making of America digital collection. So now you can effortlessly comb through the weighty tomes from the comfort of your home or trailer for any date, officer’s name or unit, institution or location. I searched for my great great grandfather, 1st Lieutenant Christopher Columbus Welsh and ….I didn’t find him. But I found many entries referring to Kershaw’s brigade , SC 12th infantry and entries for Captain TF Clyburn the commander of Company E which were all associated with Lieutenant Welsh.
There is an article on this site in the new edition of NGS Magazine
The WCPL Local History and Genealogy Room does not endorse smoking.
Unless you live in the 1950’s.
A colorized version of the Capt. Jesse S. Barnes portrait that is in the Civil War Collection of the Library of Congress.
Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes enlisted in the 4th North Carolina Infantry, Co. F at the age of 18 on May 16, 1861 and a little over a year later he was dead, killed at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia on May 31, 1861. He was a Wilson County native and a nephew of General Joseph Barnes. Jesse’s brother Lt. William Sharpe Barnes survived the war but was badly wounded at the Siege of Petersburg.
The brothers were brought to my attention by a researcher from Germany who is visiting Wilson next month. I ran it by my 80 year old volunteer and he knew all about the Barnes siblings and he actually has the book of minutes from the Jesse S. Barnes Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that was started in the late 1800’s. He said a lady from the local Daughters of the Confederacy gave the book to him because everyone who was in the camp had died. It is a great resource for the death dates of members who died before death certificates were issued in 1913.
Also Jesse was quite a handsome man for the disease ravaged 1860s and he is featured in the 2013 My Daguerreotype Boyfriend calender, which is full of 19th century eye candy.
Captain Barnes with the requisite Civil War facial hair. This portrait was found in an antique shop in 1992 and when the Library of Congress started placing its images on Flickr in 2009 it was recognized that the two portraits were of the same person.
Whirligig at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC
Vollis Simpson’s Whirligigs are in museums all over the world (well there is one in a London museum which allows me to say all over the world). Here is a list of places from the Wilson Daily Times that have installations of his whirligigs:
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
American Folk Art Museum, New York
Folk Art Park, Atlanta, GA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
City of Goldsboro, NC
City of Cary, NC
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
Museum of Everything, London, UK!
and many, many in Wilson, NC
Here is a list of some new materials that I have ordered and received for the Genealogy Room and the NC Collection over the last few months.
- Bridger Family Chronicles: From the old World to the New, Vol. I & II
- Henry McCulloh and Son Henry Eustace MaCulloh: 18th Century Entrepreneurs, Land Speculators of North Carolina
- 1850 Rutherford County, North Carolina Federal Census
- 1830 Rutherford County, North Carolina Federal Census: Free Schedules
- NC Petitions for Presidential Pardons 1865-1868
- Debtor’s Legacy: The Patetown Story
- Charles L. Coon: An Evaluation of His Work and Influence in North Carolina
- 1880 Rutherford County, North Carolina Federal Census
- WPA Cemetery Records for 1939, Cleveland County, NC
- Stanly County, NC Will Abstracts, 1841-1868
- Lincoln County North Carolina Inventory of Estates Records
- Index to Greene County, NC Loose Original Estates Records
- The New World Book of Mosers
- Studies in the histories of the South, 1875-1922
- Croatoan: Birthplace of America
- The Name is the Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist
- Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration
- Marriages of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 1783-1868
- Caswell County, North Carolina Will Books, 1777-1814; 1784 Tax List; And Guardians’ Accounts, 1794-1819 (Published With) Caswell County, North Carolina
- Murder in the Courthouse: Reconstruction and Redemption in the North Carolina Piedmont
- Moon North Carolina
- Moon North Carolina Coast: Including the Outer Banks
- French and Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War
- Adventure Carolinas: Your Go-To Guide for Multi-Sport Outdoor Recreation
- Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
- Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina
- Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests: 50 Can’t-Miss Trail Adventures in the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests
- Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks: The Complete Guide to Catching More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, and Ocean
- The Outer Banks Cookbook: Recipes & Traditions from North Carolina’s Barrier Islands
- Klansville, U.S.A. : the rise and fall of the civil rights-era KKK (2013)
- Stories of the South : race and the Reconstruction of southern identity, 1865-1915
We have some interesting World War I materials in our collection that are just gathering dust in our vault so I wanted to shed some light on a few items. First off we have a little book titled, Popular Songs of the AEF. The book was given out to enlistees to foster an esprit de corps among the men as they sang these songs together. Whether they actually did that while singing Beware of Chu Chin Chow (actual song in the book about a Chinese burglar) or the many Irving Berlin standards I don’t know, but from the line printed inside the front cover, It’s the songs we sing and the smiles we wear that make the sunshine everywhere, I wonder if they thought they were about to join a German glee club rather then fight battle- hardened stormtroopers.
Also in our collection is the English-French Hand Book for the use of United States Soldiers and is a helpful guide for soldiers in the trenches on leave in France. So after a long night out drinking absinthe in Paris you may need to ask De quel cote se trouve la caserne? (Which is the way to the barracks?). And if you are in really bad shape you may say J’ai gangrene (I have gangrene). On the last page are the words and translation to La Marseillaise, which is a song that I’m sure came in handy on the eleventh of November, 1918.
These artifacts were the property of Sergeant J.W. Springer. We also have about 15 of his letters that he sent to his sister, Anne, during the war. I am currently reading them and I will post something about the letters at a later date.
An envelope that carried one of JW Springer’s letters from France to his sister Anne.
1708 Moseley Map of Albemarle
After Ancestry.com finally got back on line after 3 days of denial of service attacks, which seems to be happening to many high profile websites in the past few weeks (including my beloved Feedly), my patrons were noticing many Quaker records were coming up in general searches. I did a little research and found out that Ancestry had recently added 11.2 million new Quaker records. And for North Carolina genealogy research, Quaker records are extremely important. Quakers were instrumental in NC’s founding in the Albemarle region and continued to be a leveling force against the Anglican elite (see Cary’s Rebellion and read an earlier blog post A Very Mutinous People, the Struggle for North Carolina 1660-1713 by Noeleen McIlvenna) and a voice of reason against slavery (they were founders of the Underground Railroad), but importantly for genealogy, they kept copious amounts of detailed records. So Ancestry has become an even more of a valuable tool for Eastern North Carolinians of English ancestry.
But they weren’t just active in the eastern part of the state, the North Carolina Government and Heritage Blog has a post about a correspondence that was reprinted in the May, 1790 edition of the North Carolina Chronicle between General Nathaniel Greene and Quakers who lived in the vicinity of the just fought Battle of Guilford Courthouse (in Guilford County). In the letter he beseeches the Quaker community to help the wounded that were left near the battlefield by the Continental Army as they chased Cornwallis to Wilmington. The Quakers respond that they would do what the can but they had also suffered from the British troops. The State Library of North Carolina is interested in finding out why the paper reprinted the letters a decade after the battle.