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Bob's Flea Market Find!
Click below to read the rest of Bob's story in his own words.
Click to read the entire report Gettysburg Report
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.
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
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
CAPT B C MANLY
1ST NC BAT A
Battery A ---- Capt. Basil Charles Manly
Bob also sent a copy of Basil's Gettysburg Field Report, link
to the full report if found on the left.
Report of Capt. B. C. Manly, Company A, First North
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.
The red field denotes nautical powers, boldness, courage,
To see a photograph of Basil and Manly's Battery during the Civil War, click the link below.