Civil War: North Carolina
Dependent’s Pension Affidavit for Children of Elias Oxford

The document below was moved along by the older brother of Elias Oxford. Private Elias Oxford had been in Confederate custody beginning October 1, 1861 through his release at the docks of the James River May 11, 1862.  Upon release, Elias, was treated for typhus at the Patent Hospital (Now the National Portrait Gallery just [...]

Sergeant-Major Charles Hammond Comly, of the 20th Indian Volunteer Regiment, had run into a string of bad luck over the year just prior to the opening of the Civil War.  His venture to open a mining implements business for the miners at Pike’s Peak had fallen flat and he returned to his Dayton, Ohio home [...]

1861 Col. William Lyon Brown Letter – 20th Indiana Infantry

I recently discovered a mis-attributed and poorly transcribed letter in the Purdue University Archives. What was identified as an “M. Miller” letter is actually the letter of 20th  Indiana Col. William Lyon Brown of Nov. 4th 1861 to a friend in Indianapolis describing the disgraceful event the newspapers simply called the “Chicamacomico Affair” on Hatteras, [...]

Runaways from Lancaster, PA Captured on Hatteras – October 1861

Here are the first sketches of the main characters of the children’s Civil War book I started writing last month. Met with the prospective illustrator again today. Meet Henry Hines age 12 (L) and George Washington Gerber age 14 (R) who ran away from their Lancaster PA homes in September 1861, only to be captured [...]

April 26-28, 2012 Hatteras Sesquicentennial Conference Registration

“FLAGS OVER HATTERAS” CONFERENCE is the second phase of our ‘Sesquicentennial Event’ and is scheduled for April 26th – April 28th , 2012. We are featuring three nationally known authors and historians. Come to a fun filled week at the beach and hear James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig Symonds. Each evening one of them [...]

Van Buren Hinds

Van Buren Hinds, 20th Indiana Infantry POW – Pension Index Card – National Archives.

U. S. Army Transport Steamer “Fanny” Captured

From Harper’s Weekly, October 19, 1861 – “CAPTURE OF THE UNITED STATES GUN-BOAT ‘FANNY,’ AT CHICKAMACOMICO, NORTH CAROLINA, BY THREE REBEL TUG-BOATS.”