James H. Mills Papers, 1862-1868

Manuscript Collection #881

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: James H. Mills Papers
    Creator: Mills, James H.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (2/23/1862 - 12/26/1868) consisting of a pocket notebook belonging to James H. Mills, Sergeant of Company I, 44th Regiment North Carolina Troops, the "Eastern Tigers," a unit recruited in Pitt County, including orders, inventories, muster and supplies lists related to the Civil War and a few post-war account records.
    Extent: 0.003 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, consisting of a pocket notebook
  • Description

    The collection consists of a pocket notebook containing fourteen pages extant which belonged to James H. Mills of Pitt County, N.C., who served in Company I of the 44th Regiment, N.C. Troops, during the Civil War. Company I, of the 44th Regiment N.C. Troops, known as the “Eastern Tigers,” was formed in Pitt and Craven Counties, N.C., with enlistment occurring January through March, 1862. The unit was first mustered into action at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh, on April 3rd, 1862, and remained with the 44th Regiment throughout the duration of the Civil War. During its history, the 44th Regiment was called into service in both Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. For a more detailed account of the history of the 44th Regiment NC Troops, see Manarin’s North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, X, 393-396.

    Pages and portions of pages of the notebook are missing and the front and back covers are no longer attached but are still preserved with the notebook. The majority of the pages contain muster rolls, supply lists and an order covering the period of February 23, 1862, through at least mid-1864. Dates are often missing or hard to decipher. One entry lists company members who had died, deserted or had taken the oath of allegiance to the U.S. The remainder of the notebook includes accounts bearing post-war dates ending with November 25, 1868.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    James H. Mills was born in Pitt County, North Carolina. He resided there and worked as a farmer prior to enlisting in the 44th Regiment of NC Troops, Company I, on January 27th, 1862, at the age of twenty-five. Mills was first mustered in as private, and was promoted to corporal on March 23rd, 1862. He made the rank of sergeant on June 1st, 1863. Mills was reported wounded between September and October of 1864. He was furloughed for sixty days on November 15th, 1864. Nothing more is known about his service in the Confederate Army. Source: Manarin’s North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, X , 480.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    August 8, 2002, 0.003 cubic feet, 1 volume; Notebook (2/23/1862 - 12/26/1868) belonging to James H. Mills, Sergeant of Company I, 44th Regiment North Carolina Troops, the "Eastern Tigers," a unit recruited in Pitt County, including orders, inventories, muster and supplies lists. 1 vol. (0.003 cubic feet est.). Donor: Jeffrey W. Meeks.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Jeffrey W. Meeks

    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

    James H. Mills Papers (#881), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

    Processed by Jennifer Gabriel, February 2012

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