New Writing Project — The 30th North Carolina Infantry

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015

 

 

I have ju30th NC working book coverst signed a contract with McFarland Publishing to write my next book — The 30th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War.

The 30th NC defended the Sunken Road at Sharpsburg, and found themselves in the Mule Shoe when Grant sent an entire Corps to attack. This regiment also fought at all the usual places the Army of Northern Virginia battled the Yanks, and may have the distinction of being part of the final volley fired by Lee’s men at Appomattox, just before the war ended.

I begin by examining each of the personnel records of every soldier in the 30th — some 1,500. I am creating a one-page personal file on each man, just as I’ve done with the 7th TN and the 11th NC. I am using Weymouth Jordan’s North Carolina Troops as a starting point, then matching that up with the morning reports and payroll records provided by www.fold3.com. Once a military profile has been completed, I find the man in the 1860 Census and add his personal facts; home town, prewar occupation, date of birth, and marital status. This takes me, on average, about ten minutes per man. I have budgeting three months to assemble these files; and my reward is a deeply felt sensation for these Tar Heels; who they were, and what happened to them. It is these fellows’ stories that makes this entire project so exciting.

My contract with McFarland Publishing has been delivering the completed manuscript on May 1, 2016. There’s so much to do!!!

 

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