State Troops and Volunteers

state troops and volunteers Yesterday a patron was looking for a book in the local history room and said, “I saw it here twenty years ago!”  Well it turned out that the reference copy had been absconded with before I got here but we still had one in the NCNF circulating collection.

The book is a collection of  photographs of NC Confederate Civil War soldiers called, State Troops and Volunteers: A Photographic Record of North Carolina’s Civil War Soldiers, Vol. 1. I had never even heard of the the book and it is a remarkable, painstakingly researched work that required collecting images from 320 families from all over NC.  And it is  the first work of its kind that didn’t rely on photos found in archives.  The author, Greg Mast, received so many photographs that he decided to end this volume in 1862 with the intention of publishing other volumes.  But the fact that this was published twenty years ago gives me the sinking feeling that there will not be any more volumes, which is very unfortunate.  However, there is still this one and there are some singular photographs in the book, including one collection of photographs from the Woodard family of Wilson County, a family that truly suffered more than most during this period. And much to my surprise there is a photograph of the brother of my great great grandfather.  I had never seen this photo of Ephraim Kale, who is a too young, fifteen years old when it was taken.  I have included the captions for both images in the post. Woodard_family_Civil_War     woodard_family2 ephraim_kale_15years ephraim_kale_15years2

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  1. Hi. I am a descendant also in the Woodard family. My great great grandfather was Wilson Gray Woodard who was killed on the first day of battle at Gettysburg. I would love to see the book, State Troops and Volunteers: A Photographic Record of North Carolina’s Civil War Soldiers, Vol. 1. Also, can you tell me if you have an pictures of Wilson Gray? It was so interesting to see the pictures of my great great great grandfather and my great great aunts and uncles. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

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