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James H. Mills Papers, 1862-1868

Manuscript Collection #881

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Title: James H. Mills Papers
Creator: Mills, James H.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: 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: 0.0030 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, consisting of a pocket notebook

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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.

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Jeffrey W. Meeks

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by Jennifer Gabriel, February 2012


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

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.

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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.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#0881.1
    • Folder a#0881.1.a
      Pocket notebook containing 14 pages (2/23/1862-11/26/1868) kept by James H. Mills, a sergeant with Company I, 44th Regiment North Carolina Troops, during the Civil War with later dates referring to post-war accounts. Civil War notes include some partial muster rolls, supply lists, and an order. [Cover separate. User photocopy made.]

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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