Kinsearching October 17, 2010




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     With the passing of the years, what are now current events become history and memories of them begin to fade. As a result, younger generations and those still unborn have no knowledge or understanding of important heppenings in the past, how the outcome of those events affect their lives, or any familial ties that personally connect them to a specific era. To make sure that the past is not forgotten, Mary Alice M. Hasty and Hazel M. Winfree have compiled THE CIVIL WAR ROSTER OF DAVIE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: BIOGRAPHIES OF 1,147 MEN BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE CONFLICT.

     This well-organized work begins with a foreword by Jim Rumley, who explains in an interesting narrative the secession crisis, the war, and the effect of the aftermath on Davie County, North Carolina, and its inhabitants. Like people and places in many other past and present conflicts, the residents of Davie County entered the Civil War somewhat reluctantly. In a February, 1861, statewide ballot calling for a convention about secession, the majority of voters in Davie County opposed it. Once the fighting broke out, however, more than 1,200 men out of a population of approximately 6,000 served in the Confederate forces; three-fourths of them were volunteers despite the fact that most were small farmers or laborers and owned no slaves. In general, the men from Davie County served along the Tar Heel State’s east coast or in Virginia. Nearly every white family in the county had at least one member who fought for the Confederacy.

     To honor these men, Hasty and Winfree have compiled the most comprehensive roster to date of the men who either served in a Davie County company or who left the county to enlist elsewhere. Aiming to make it more than just a list, the authors furnish a biographical sketch of each individual. Since the amount of data available varies from person to person, some entries have only a few sentences. Most, however, are quite informative; besides details about military service, they often supply such facts as date and place of birth, occupation, date and place of death, burial place, and names of parents, spouse or spouses, and children. Photographs of the soldier, his family, or his home accompany several of the entries. Some recurring surnames are BARNYCASTLE, BECK, BOOE, BRACKEN, BROCK, CAIN, CLEMENT, DEADMAN/DEDMAN/DEDMON, FOSTER, GAITHER, IJAMES/IJAMS, NAIL, POTTS, SAIN, SMOOT, TUTTAROW/TUTUROW/TUTTEROW/TUTROW, and ZIMMERMAN.

     In addition, the authors include in their introduction a tribute to African-American Alfred “Teen” BLACKBURN, a former body servant, who was the last Civil War veteran to receive a Class B pension from the North Carolina. Dying at the age of 100 in 1951, he had also been the last surviving Confederate veteran in the Tar Heel State.

     Five appendices follow the text. They pertain to individual company rosters, names of townships included on censuses, burial sites of Davie County Confederate soldiers, names of those who died in the war and are listed on the Memorial Monument located in Mocksville (the county seat), and names of men who died in the war but are not listed on the monument.

     Similar in format and material to the volumes in the acclaimed series on North Carolina troops published by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, THE CIVIL WAR ROSTER OF DAVIE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: BIOGRAPHIES OF 1,147 MEN BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE CONFLICT is well-written and well-researched. Containing a gold mine of data, the publication will be beneficial to a variety of researchers, especially genealogists and historians. Highly recommended, Hasty and Winfree’s book will make a worthy addition to library Civil War collections.

     The 278-page hardback has an interesting picture on the front and eighty-eight photographs inside. Included in the work are acknowledgments, a foreword, an introduction, appendices, a bibliography of sources consulted, and a full name index. Priced at $55.00, the volume may be ordered by calling 800-253-2187, visiting the website at, or writing to McFarland and Company, P. O. Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640.

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