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Martin Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 M36

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers of the Martin family of North Carolina. It is primarily composed of papers and correspondence with relatives in North Carolina and Virginia, 1862-1868, belonging to Major Thomas Alston Martin who served in the 13th North Carolina Infantry. Several letters date to the Civil War and refer to camp conditions. It includes letters, 1862, of R. C. Martin written while serving in the Confederate Army. Many of the letters were written by women.


  • Creation: 1862-1868

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Major Thomas A. Martin was from Franklin County, North Carolina. He enlisted as a Corporal in Co. E., 13th N. C. May 9, 1861. He served as a sergeant, Lt. and Capt. He was wounded in the hip at Gettysburg and was promoted to major January 19, 1865. Martin was paroled at Appomattox. [Source: Kirk, Robert K., Lee's Colonels: a biographical register of the Field Officers of the Army of Northern Virginia. Dayton, Ohio: Press of Morningside Bookshop, 1979] Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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