Mix-up in Confederate Records Discovered

Renowned Civil War Author Wade Sokolosky delivered the program at the June meeting. In compiling research for his upcoming book on the Battle of Wise Forks, Sokolosky discovered an oddity in the Confederate Service Records. Soldiers who were wounded near Kinston were reported as having been immediately sent to the Confederate General Hospital at Greensboro, and then sent on a day or two later to the Confederate General Hospital at Raleigh. It would seem that a wounded soldier would be sent to the closest hospital, not by-passing several hospitals along the way. Even if this occurred, why would all of the soldiers have been sent way out to Greensboro?

Sokolosky has proven that an error does exist in the Confederate Records in the National Archives File. He has proven through several sources that a Confederate General Hospital did exist at Goldsboro, even though the National Archives shows no Hospital at Goldsboro. City of Goldsboro records and historical markers identify the location of the Hospital. Sokolosky also uncovered a diary of a nurse who worked in the Hospital. In short, the Confederate General Hospital was at Goldsboro and on March 11, 1865 due to the advancing Federals, the Hospital was move to Greensboro. Unfortunately the same register was used and there was no notation of the move in the Confederate Records. The National Archive workers made an understandable error in recording all of the activities of this Hospital was at Greensboro. The Hospital Register they received did come from Greensboro. The hospital actually opened in Greensboro on March 19, 1865. An entry in the nurse’s diary provides proof of these dates.

Hopefully upcoming addendums to the North Carolina Roster of Troops will correct the location where the soldiers were treated. If your ancestor is reported as having died at Greensboro, you may want to search around Goldsboro for his grave.

Free Confederate Research in April

Fold3.com is offering its Confederate Records for free during the month of April.   This is your chance to research your Ancestor and to make copies of his Service Records.   All you need is the name of your ancestor and the unit in which he served.   The search function on this site tends to bring up thousands of hits, and it is very time consuming to sift through all the matches.  Most of the matches will not be your ancestor.  Instead, choose Records/Browse Records at the top of the page.  Then you will be given a category listing.  In that listing, choose Civil War, then choose Civil War Service Records, then choose Confederate Records, then the State (for most of us that will be North Carolina), and then the unit.  The records will be organized by the first letter in the last name.

What can you expect to find?  Some records are plentiful and others are very sparse.  Most will have muster rolls.  You may find the height, hair color, and skin tone of your ancestor.  You may find pay vouchers, reports of imprisonment, or parole.  In some instances there may be pertinent letters.  It’s always exciting to see what is there.