The Confederate Soldiers Project
The Cumberland Plough Boys, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #2187 in Stedman, NC has taken on the project of identifying and recording the Confederate Soldiers from the five counties of Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Robeson, and Sampson. This study will include soldiers from modern-day Hoke County which was formed out of Cumberland and Robeson counties, and Scotland County which was formed from Robeson and Richmond counties.
The purpose of the project is to honor our Confederate Ancestors and the Confederate Soldiers from our home region by investigating each soldier to determine their military record, family information, and burial information and recording that information so that anyone researching that Soldier can electronically access that information.
- Identify the Companies from the five county area. Any company that has a dozen soldiers from the area will be included in its entirety. A web page will be created for these companies. All soldiers including soldiers known to be from outside the area along with soldiers of unknown origin will be included. They are included because they have close ties and possibly moved into the area, or could be erroneously identified from outside the area.
- Soldiers with known ties (born, resided, or enlisted) to the five county area, who are not from a company identified from the five county area (as described above) will be listed together on a single web page.
- A comprehensive alphabetical list of all the soldiers from steps 1 and 2 will be developed for use in cemetery research.
- A systematic approach will be taken to visit and record cemetery information across the five county area. When possible, photos will be taken and grave location information will be recorded. While conducting this survey, graves of soldiers not included in the study will be identified by Confederate markings on their tombstones. These soldiers may have been from an outside area originally but later moved into the area, or military records may not have recorded their home county. A single web page will be created identifying these soldiers.
- A web page will be created on each individual soldier with links back to the company web pages. Information to be included will be name (at times altered to be correct), birth and death date (if known), synopsis of military record, family information, and burial information. Identification of the soldier will be conducted by a genealogical review panel. Looking at all the information available from census records, family research, and military records every attempt will be made to correctly identify the soldier. We understand that many soldiers will not be able to be identified due to poor records, or multiple persons having the same name. In such cases, only the military information will be recorded.
- Our Ancestors- A web page will be created showing the lineal ancestors of members of the Cumberland Plough Boys, and collateral ancestors of the members who joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans through that ancestor. Our Ancestors resided all across the South. Therefore, there will be web pages created for those Confederate Soldiers outside the five county area.
- Soldiers we find in the Cemeteries- In order to get the burial information to the public in a timely manner, we will expedite the creation of the web pages for these soldiers.
- The Cumberland Plough Boys, 24th North Carolina Regiment, Company F – This company is the namesake for Our Camp and the unit closest to our heart. Needless to say, they will get priority.
- Other Cumberland County Companies
- Soldiers from within the Five County Area
- Soldiers from outside the Five County Area
We understand that this project will take a long time to fully accomplish. We are publically saying that we expect it to take a decade. This project will be accomplished one soldier at a time. The time it takes to complete will be determined by the devotion of Camp Members to participate. At the beginning, the backlog will be on the Web Page creation side because we have less expertise in that area.
Many military records contain negative information about a soldier’s record. Negative information could include being absent without leave, dishonorably discharged, court-martialed, desertion, or joining the opposing army.
It is our mission to as best as possible to provide accurate information about the soldier. In no way are we judging a soldier’s record. It was very common for a soldier to desert or be absent without leave for a short period of time and then return to duty. Often they left to attend a situation at home, such as a crop harvest (because no men were left at home), but then returned to fight. Unfortunately by the end of the war, Confederate Records are not always complete. The last record of the soldier often determines how the soldier is viewed. Obviously, joining the opposing army or being dishonorably discharged is very negative.
ERRORS & OMISSIONS
Unfortunately in a project of this size, errors will be made and we will likely miss a soldier. If you see an error, please let us know. Our intent is to honor ALL soldiers from the area. The North Carolina Roster of Troops has not yet produced volumes on the Militia or Home Guard at this time. We will include what information is ready available to us. Even the Confederate Military Records are not complete, and it is pretty certain that there were soldiers who fought that were not recorded. Unfortunately, we cannot correct that mistake. We can only report from the records that exist.
Confederate Military Records accessed through www.fold3.com
U.S. Census Records accessed through www.ancestry.com