Captain Basil Charles Manly, CSA

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Bob's Flea Market Find!

Click below to read the rest of Bob's story in his own words.

A Journey of Discovery

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The photos below were provided by Bob. They were taken during the Dedication of Basil's Monument.

The Color Guard was courtesy of Manly's Battery Historical Re-enactment Troop.

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Photos: Basil Charles Manly's gravesite - notice the Southern Cross. RB

Bob is the tall gentleman on the left in the group photo. In front of him is his lovely wife, Phyllis.

The phot above was sent to me by an officer of the Raleigh, NC police department.

The image is of Basil during his tenure as Mayor of Raleigh, Basil was also considered the Chief of Police. Click the thumbnail for the full sized image.

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In the Collage: Manly's Battery flag, Basil Charles Manly, The "case" that started it all and Basil's CSA Monument.

Captain Basil Charles Manly, CSA

Images courtesy of Bob Bartosh.


I was contacted by a gentleman by the name of Robert (Bob) Bartosh.

What a treat this has turned out to be for me and for all the members of the family! Bob had an interesting tale of finding an old case, or satchel at a flea/antique market.

This "find" led Bob and his wife, Phyllis on an oddessy of discovery, which he has generously shared with me and through me, with you.

This page is dedicated to Bob, Phyllis and all those who let their curiosity lead them to new discoveries!

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Bob's Story, in his words:

Captain Basil Charles Manly
1st North Carolina Artillery, Battery A

When I showed my wife, Phyllis, what I had bought at the local antique flea market we were attending near Pittsburgh, Pa. in the spring of 1994, I sensed a sign of bewilderment in her eyes which seemed to say "What in the world is that thing that appears to excite you so". That "thing" was an old weather beaten leather case with leather handgrips and a wooden base. The body of the case was attached to the wooden bottom with screws. When I first examined it from the dealer, I noticed a very faint engraved inscription on the front of the body of the case, which included the letters, NC and CS. The dealer told me he obtained it from an old timer outside of Carlisle, Pa. who had been using it to carry light reflectors. The dealer was not a regular, one who shows up regularly at the markets, so I was a little cautious at first but couldn't take a chance to pass on it so I bought it. I could hardly wait to get home and decipher the rest of the inscription. It was very difficult to read but with a proper light angle, I was able to make out


The body of the case measures approximately 14" by 8" and 6" high. It has a thick leather flap cover with a tongue that fits into a buckle for securing. The leather handgrips are attached to the inside of the case with rivets that appear to be copper. The buckle and the handgrips are not centered on the body of the case (about 1" off-center) indicating that it likely is not Government Issue. I have shown it to many dealers and experts on leather accoutrements and they all said that they have never seen anything like it. I suspected that it probably was personally made and given to Captain Manly. Since the case was obtained in Carlisle, Pa., which is situated north of Gettysburg, I checked the rosters of the Gettysburg battle units and found Captain Manly's artillery battery listed. His unit, Battery A of the 1st North Carolina Artillery, participated in the Gettysburg Battle on July 2 and 3, 1863. His unit was organized within the following command structure:

Battery A ---- Capt. Basil Charles Manly
Battalion ----- Col. Henry C. Cabell
Brigade ------ Brig. Gen Paul J. Semmes
Division ------ Maj. Gen. LaFayette McLaw
1st Corps ---- Lt. Gen. James Longstreet


Bob also sent a copy of Basil's Gettysburg Field Report, link to the full report if found on the left.

No. 437

Report of Capt. B. C. Manly, Company A, First North
Carolina Artillery
July 31, 1863

COLONEL: In accordance with orders, I send you an account of the part borne by my battery during the invasion of Pennsylvania and the subsequent battles in Maryland. I crossed the Potomac with four guns. On Thursday, July 2, when within 2 miles of Gettysburg, Pa., I was ordered to advance on a road that intersected at right angles the Emmitsburg road a short distance south-southwest of Gettysburg. The road on which we moved was perpendicular to the enemy's line, but it was supposed that their left did not extend to this point of intersection to which we were moving. My instructions were, if we gained this point, we would be on the enemy's left flank, and that I must form line on the left, and attempt to rake their line.


Manly's Battery flag made between April 19, 1862 and May 1, 1863 and donated by the Manly family in 1918 to the North Carolina Museum of History. The flag was made by the ladies of Raleigh from their silk dresses for Manly's Battery.


Flag symbolism:

The red field denotes nautical powers, boldness, courage, valour.
The saltire, an "honourable ordinary" in heraldry, is the emblem of progress and strength: its white indicating purity, innocence, and gentleness.
The blue of the shield represents justice and faith, perseverance and vigilance.
The sun manifests the dominion, generosity and stability of the Confederacy.


To see a photograph of Basil and Manly's Battery during the Civil War, click the link below.

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