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Clark's Regimental Histories

Lithograph print of Walter Clark. Image from the North Carolina Museum of History."Clark's Regimental Histories" is the popular title for the five-volume Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, edited by Walter Clark and published by the state in 1901.

In October 1894 the North Carolina Confederate Veterans Association in Raleigh resolved that a history of each regiment or other state organization that served with the Confederate army should be prepared by a member of that unit and printed at state expense. Although this was nearly 30 years after the war ended, men from all but five regiments were found to carry out this assignment. Those not included were the Senior Reserves, who were over age 45 at the time they served, as by 1894 few of them survived.

 Proof sheet from Clark's Regimental Histories of officers of the 70th N.C. Regiment. Image from the North Carolina Museum of History.The General Assembly of 1899 provided funds for publication, but those who prepared the regimental histories did so without compensation. As histories were submitted to the editor and his advisers, they were reviewed and then submitted for publication in newspapers in the community from which the unit originated. This gave veterans of the unit an opportunity to recommend revisions. Among the newspapers that cooperated in this undertaking were the Raleigh News and Observer, Raleigh Morning Post, Wilmington Messenger, Wilmington Star, Charlotte Observer, Fayetteville Observer, New Bern Journal, Asheville Citizen, and Waynesville Courier.

The work is illustrated with wartime pictures, selected by the authors of the regimental histories, of a large number of the men. A few maps also were prepared especially for the work. The final volume contains accounts of numerous battles, many written by the officers in command. There are contributions on various military academies and on the role of the University of North Carolina in the war, the Home Guard, the first soldier from the state to die, the last battle and the last surrender, and other topics. There are indexes to the Appomattox parole list, to illustrations, and to the complete work.

Additional Resources:

"An act to authorize the publication of the sketches of North Carolina regiments." Public laws and resolutions of the State of North Carolina passed by the General Assembly at its session of 1899. Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton, and E. M. Uzzell. 1899. p. 124. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,229375 (accessed October 31, 2012).

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865 Volume 1. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Brothers. 1901. http://archive.org/details/cu31924092908536

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865 Volume 2. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Brothers. 1901. http://archive.org/details/cu31924092908544

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865 Volume 3. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Brothers. 1901. http://archive.org/details/historiesofsever03clar

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865 Volume 4. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Brothers. 1901. http://archive.org/details/cu31924092908569

Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865 Volume 5. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Brothers. 1901. http://archive.org/details/historiesofsever05clar

Image Credits:

Williams, E.G. "Engraving, Accession #: H.19XX.318.116." 1890-1910. North Carolina Museum of History.

"Photograph, Accession #: H.19XX.332.186." 1900-1910. North Carolina Museum of History.

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I am trying to find out if anyone in my family served in the civil War or revolutionary war.
My father was Henry Walker Clark October 2nd 1915 - October 5th 2001, William Lineberry Clark July 23 1882 - January 20 1940, William Henry Harrison Clark May 4th 1840 - February 23rd 1918, Thomas J. Clark August 10th 1811 - January 17th 1901.
Henry was married to Katherine M. Clark birth March 28th 1925 - December 28th 2001, William Lineberry was married to Clara Antonette Moore birth abt 1890, William Henry was married to Margaret E. Clark birth February 6th 1848 - February 15th 1913, Thomas J. married Sarah Webster birth May 5th 1812 - August 11th 1892.
This is all I have found and I am trying to find out who they are related to and I would appreciate any and all help. Before my father passed away... I promised to find our heritage. I am a beginner at this. I went to the counties and purchased birth and death certificates and this is far as I have been able to go.
Thank you very much.
Sincerely,
Lawrence Clark

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Dear Lawrence,

Thank you for visiting NCPedia and taking time to share your family history and questions.

First, if you scroll up to the References and Additional Resources section in this article, you will see a listing of all the volumes of Clark's Regimental Histories.  If you click on the hyperlinked (i.e. blue) text you will go to a website that has the volume digitized.  You can browse or search for your ancestor and regiment.  The volumes are organized numerically generally by regiment. 

I'm going to connect you by email with the N.C. Government & Heritage Library.  A librarian will contact you shortly to help suggest ways to go about searching your family history and resources.

Thank you and best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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