I certainly did not go into this endeavor believing it would happen overnight, but I also planned that I would quickly be able to dive into the meat of the book, the writing, editing, and so on.
Unfortunately, that was not to happen. Work, family, and life have kept me occupied these last two years, and away from settling in to fully write this book.
On the flip side, I have still been blessed to have opportunities to travel, read, and continue my research efforts. For that, I have been entirely rewarded with previously unpublished material, letters, and other items of significance to the 14th North Carolina. Additionally, I have been fortunate to meet and correspond with others historians, as well as descendants of members of the 14th from across the nation, who have graciously supplied me with family data and anecdotes.
So where do we stand two and a half years later?
From a small file folder with three period letters and a diary, I now have compiled over fifty (yes, 50!) letters from members of the 14th; additionally, I have located “new” images, period and post-War accounts of service, and much more.
As we approach 2018, my hope and goal is to turn this raw data into the story that I originally set out to tell in 2015.
For more information about the Roanoke Minute Men / 14th North Carolina project, or to make submissions to this effort, please contact Fred D. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone at 757-705-0950, or by mail to: 160 West Washington Street, Suffolk, Virginia 23434. All submissions will be properly credited to the owner.
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