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 For that, I have been entirely rewarded with previously unpublished material, letters, and other items of significance to the 14th North Carolina.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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JANUARY 2016 UPDATE: Roanoke Minute Men Project & the New Year!
News Release March 2015
Research for new book on veterans from Littleton, North Carolina
In December of 1860, a militia company known as the Roanoke Minute Men formed in Littleton, made up primarily of citizens from Halifax and Warren Counties. This Company enlisted into state service for North Carolina, and later into the Confederate cause, as Company A, 14th Regiment North Carolina State Troops (formerly the 4th North Carolina Volunteers.) Throughout four years of bloody conflict, this Company saw action from the early days of the War on the Virginia peninsula all the way to the last shots fired at Appomattox.
While recognized as one of the Tar Heel state’s greatest fighting units, no formal unit history has ever been compiled of the men who served in the Roanoke Minute Men – until now – and this work focuses on rare and previously unpublished letters, diaries, family histories, and service records to tell the story of these brave veterans and their families.
Although substantial progress on the history of the Roanoke Minute Men has already been made, historian Fred D. Taylor hopes to engage public support for his efforts and seeks submission of individual family histories, images of veterans both in uniform and as civilians, war-time accounts, and/or letters of the men who served in this unit.
Family surnames included in the research of this Company are: Adams, Ales, Allen, Allsbrook, Aycock, Barkley, Bobbitt, Bolton, Boon, Boswell, Brown, Burge, Burrows, Camp, Carlena, Carroll, Cherry, Clements, Day, Deaton, Eaton, Edmonds, Edwards, Felts or Feltz, Floore, Floyd, Forrest, Goodson, Hardister, Hardy, Harper, Harris, Herbert, Hicks, Holt, House, Hurley, Ingram, Jarrald, Jenkins, Johnston, Kearney, King, Lancaster, Latham, Lewis, Lynch, McCarson, McCaskill, Marlow, Mathews, Moore, Morris(s), Munn, Myrick, Nevill, Newsom, Parsons, Pendergrass, Peterson, Pittard, Pryor, Pugh, Riggan, Roberts, Rodgers, Rooker, Scarlett, Shearin, Tucker, Turner, Vick, Walker, Webb, Williams, Wilson, Wright, Yarbrough, and Yeourns.
For more information about the Roanoke Minute Men project, or to make submissions to this effort, please contact Fred D. Taylor at email@example.com, 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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4 thoughts on “Roanoke Minute Men / 14th NC Project”
If I have anything that will help with this project, let me know. I am w. A. Johnston’s g-granddaughter and have family information. Becky
Becky: Thanks for your message. I certainly am interested in any additional family information you have on Colonel Johnston, as I do want to include family information and brief biographies on each of the soldiers. Also, while I have a copy of the picture from the Clark book (shown in the photo above), I certainly would be interested in any other pictures you may have of him. I am also interested in any information you may have on Sterling Johnston. While not a member of the Company, he played an integral role in the Company’s formation in 1861. I have both your town history and town leaders book, and that has been a great start, but would love to exchange with you any additional information you may have. Send me an e-mail sometime and we can catch up. Regards, Fred.
My great-grandfather, John William Harper, was in Capt. Wm. A. Johnston’s Roanoke Minute Men’s 4 Reg’t North Carolina Infantry (Vols) and enrolled for active service on March 30, 1961, at age 24. He entered as a Sergeant in Company A, 14th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in the left foot (date not know) and, subsequently, became a POW at the U.S.A. General Hospital, Camp Lookout, MD. He was released on June 3,1865, and his name appears on the Confederate Roll of Honor.
I also have a great-great grandfather from Brinkleyville (Halifax County) who disappeared sometime after the 1850 census. In the 1870 census, his wife lists herself as a widow. His name is Robert Walker (no middle initial), and he was born in or around 1813. I have often wondered if he joined the Confederacy later in life and was killed. I haven’t found anything that I can positively identify him after 1850.
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