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William Augustus Parvin Papers, 1861-1907

Manuscript Collection #536

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Title: William Augustus Parvin Papers
Creator: Parvin, William Augustus, 1840-1924
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1861-1907) including memoir, copy, rations.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 43 page memoir, copy.

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Accessions Information

October 2, 1987, 46 pp, copy; Civil War memoir of Confederate POW from Washington, N.C. Original in possession of Mr. Dick Parvin, Locust Hill, Virginia.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

William Augustus Parvin Papers (#536), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Dick Parvin

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Cherry, March 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

William Augustus Parvin (1840-1924), a sailor who joined a volunteer unit of the Confederate Army in Washington, N.C., was sent to Fort Hatteras and then taken as a prisoner of war when the fort surrendered to Union forces. Parvin was held at Governor's Island, N.Y., for two months and was then sent to Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, where he and W. B. Willis escaped. They then traveled through New York and Baltimore back to Washington, N.C.

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The memoir contains descriptions of the cargo on the ships which Parvin sailed to the West Indies and to Baltimore, Md., just prior to the Civil War. Parvin discusses the beginning of volunteer Confederate units and a soldier's life, drilling and spare time activities, in Washington, N.C. He describes building sand batteries to protect Ocracoke Inlet and confiscating cargo from a captured Union schooner. Fort Hatteras's surrender under General Martin and Commodore Barron to Union forces under General Butler on August 29, 1861, is described, as is Parvin's treatment, including rations he received, as a prisoner of war in New York. The account of Parvin's escape describes borrowing money to travel from New York through Philadelphia, Pa., to Baltimore, Md., and then home to Washington, N.C. Also included in the collection is some information on Parvin's career as a steamboat captain from 1877-1907.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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