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"Lebanon Greys" (Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.) (Sandy Springs Baptist Church, Iredell County, NC)

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Supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
2020-09-14 (issued)
This diary, from soldiers in the Army of the Confederate States of America, begins: "On Tuesday the 23rd day April 1861 at the Court House in the town of Lebanon, Tennessee, a company for the defense of the South was organized comprised of the Young men of the town and vicinity- Said company was duly organized at 2 o’clock of the day above mentioned and by report of a com. appointed for that purpose it was unanimously determined to call themselves "The Lebanon Greys" (Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.)." The entries, which may have been written by two people, cover 1861 April through August, with a final entry dated 1865 April 9: "today the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered Quite an unpleasant day with the Rebs today in [Virginia]." Topics of the nearly-daily entries include names and ranks of soldiers in the unit; the unit's movements across N.C., through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia, including a stop in Charlottesville; and daily occurrences such as letters received, food, illnesses, and weather. A note, before the church related entries in the book begin, provides insight into the diary's provenance. It reads: "This book was found on the battlefield of Manassas [Virginia]. Brought here by T. F. Hayne and sold to M. S. Vestal. And then M.S. Vestal taken this book and presented it to the Sandy Spring Church. M. S. Vestal, C.C."
This diary was purchased by the Sandy Springs Baptist Church (Iredell County, NC) and later donated to Wake Forest University.
30 pages
Sandy Spring Baptist Church (Iredell County, N.C.) Records (MS798), Special Collections and Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
Sandy Spring Baptist Church (Iredell County, N.C.) Records (MS798)
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Church records and registers--North Carolina--Yadkinville
Church records and registers--North Carolina--Iredell County
Baptists--North Carolina--Iredell County--History--Sources
Sandy Spring Baptist Church (Iredell County, N.C.)
Lebanon Greys (Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.)
"Lebanon Greys" (Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.) (Sandy Springs Baptist Church, Iredell County, NC)

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