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Forsyth County (N.C.) Confederate Centennial Committee Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

The Forsyth County (N.C.) Confederate Centennial Committee was created to coordinate the centennial celebration of the Civil War in Forsyth County from 1961 to 1965. Materials in this collection include the committee's correspondence and meeting materials, several magazines and booklets published during this time about the Civil War or the centennial celebration, and reports and letters. A scrapbook of the committee's work, containing news clippings, photographs, and related materials, is also present.

Biographical and Historical Note

The North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission was created by the N.C. General Assembly of 1959. It was charged with planning and conducting programs to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Civil War, cooperating when possible with individuals, unofficial organizations, and with agencies of the federal government and other states. The Forsyth County Confederate Centennial Committee was appointed in 1960 to serve as the coordinating agency for the commemoration of the Civil War in the area from 1961 to 1965. The purposes of the committee included: planning and carrying out programs that highlighted the history of this period, as well as conducting educational programs to encourage a greater interest in this period.

Carlton P. West, Wake Forest College librarian (1946-1975), and Dr. Henry Stroupe, alumnus (1935), history professor, and inaugural dean of WFU's Graduate School, both served on the committee.

Source: Confederate Centennial Commission. State Archives of North Carolina, State Agency Records, 1997. Web. https://archives.ncdcr.gov/media/532/open

Collection Overview

This collection contains materials related to the confederate centennial celebration in Forsyth County. Materials include booklets and magazines about the Civil War and the centennial, correspondence and materials for the centennial committee members, and photocopies of documents from Confederate soldiers. A scrapbook of the committee's work, containing news clippings, photographs, and related materials, is also present.

Collection Inventory

  • Antietam centennial commemoration invitation  (1962 August-September) box 1 folder 1
  • Army Information Digest issue commemorating the Civil War Centennial  (1961 August) box 1 folder 3
  • Avery, Willoughby H., letter and verse  (circa 1863) box 1 folder 20
  • Bahnson, Henry T. "Days of the War: 1863-1865" booklet  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 4
  • Barrett, John Gilchrist. North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground, N.C. State Department of Archives and Public History book  (1960) box 1 folder 6
  • "The Battle of Bentonville" booklet  (1965) box 1 folder 5
  • Bowie, Marshall L. "A Time of Adversity - and Courage," Montgomery and West Point Railroad Company booklet  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 7
  • Brenholtz, George. "No Bugles, No Drums: A Play in One Act," booklet  (1961) box 1 folder 8
  • Committee scrapbook with news clippings, photographs, and event materials  (1961-1965) box 2 item 3
  • "A Concise History of the Civil War," U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Military History booklet  (1961) box 1 folder 2
  • The Confederate Reveille, Centennial edition, published by Daughters of the Confederacy, Pamlico chapter  (1964) box 1 folder 9
  • Davis, Jefferson. Letter to Mrs. J. K. Kyle, Fayetteville N.C.  (1866 April 22) box 1 folder 21
  • Elon College Alumni News magazine  (1963 August) box 1 folder 10
  • Forsyth County Confederate Centennial Committee correspondence  (1961-1964) box 1 folder 23
  • Forsyth County Confederate Centennial Committee financial and reenactment materials (circa 1961-1965) box 1 folder 24
  • Forsyth County Confederate Centennial Committee member lists and meeting attendance  (1961-1965) box 1 folder 25
  • "Fort Fisher State Historic Site," N.C. State Department of Archives and History booklet  (circa 1963) box 1 folder 11
  • Gettysburg! magazine centennial commemoration of the battle and program  (1963 June) box 1 folder 12
  • "Grant's Campaign War Map" poster  (circa 1965) box 1 folder 13
  • "Jefferson Davis National Highway" booklet by United Daughters of the Confederacy  (1948) box 1 folder 14
  • Jordan, Joye E. "Civil War Medicine," printed for N.C. Confederate Centennial Commission  (1964 August) box 1 folder 15
  • Letters and deeds, photocopies with transcripts, 1858-1864 (circa 1961-1965) box 1 folder 26
  • N.C. Confederate Centennial Commission publications list (circa 1960-1965) box 1 folder 27
  • N.C. confederate soldiers' letters, deeds, bills of sale (copies)  (1965) box 1 folder 28
  • Ostendorf, Lloyd. Lincoln in the snow pulling children in a sled, art print  (1969) box 1 folder 16
  • "Story of the Jefferson Davis Funeral Train," Louisville & Nashville magazine  (1955) box 1 folder 17
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, N.C. Division, monument to N.C. soldiers at Gettysburg battlefield photograph and frame (undated) box 2 folder 1-2
  • Virginia Civil War Commission centennial report  (1962) box 1 folder 18
  • Watkins, N. Woodburn. Letter regarding family and Mayodan history  (1962) box 1 folder 29
  • Wiseman, Thad A., Deep Creek, N.C. battle in Yadkin county narrative (circa 1955-1965) box 1 folder 22
  • Yarborough, Ralph W. "The Battle of Bentonville: We Are Here to Honor Valor," speech script  (1965 March 21) box 1 folder 19

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Forsyth County (N.C.) Confederate Centennial Committee Records
ID
MS929
Date [inclusive]
1866-1969
Quantity
1 document box, 1 oversize box
Extent
1.92  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2021 October
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use. 
Conditions Governing Use
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
Forsyth County (N.C.) Confederate Centennial Commission Records (MS929), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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