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Tom J. Edwards Collection, ca. 2005

Manuscript Collection #1126

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Title: Tom J. Edwards Collection
Creator: Edwards, Tom J., 1939-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (2005) of research material regarding the Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina, compiled by the donor for Through the Eyes of Soldiers: The Battle of Wyse Forks, Kinston, North Carolina, March 7-10, 1865, by Tom J. Edwards and William Rowland, edited by Ashleigh D. Brothers, published by the Lenoir County Historical Association, Kinston, N.C., in 2006, including typescripts of unit histories, excerpts from official records and published works, and manuscript maps of the battle.
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet, 0.5 cubic feet; 1 archival box; 82 items; 404 p, Research materials used in preparation of the book Through the Eyes of Soldiers: The Battle of Wyse Forks, Kinston N.C. March 7-10, 1865.

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Accessions Information

February 26, 2008, 83 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 2005) of research material used in the writing of Through the Eyes of Soldiers: The Battle of Wyse Forks, Kinston, North Carolina, March 7-10, 1865, which the donor published together with William Rowland in 2006, including typescripts of unit histories, official records, and manuscript maps. Donor: Tom J. Edwards

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

Tom J. Edwards Collection (#1126), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Tom J. Edwards

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, February 27, 2008; Preliminary Inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 2/26/2008; Arranged by Marshall Woodward April 2009; Rearranged, Container list & Finding aid by Jacquelyn Kennedy, 4/25/2013; Container list & Finding aid revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/8/2013.


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Author Tom J. Edwards is the former Executive Director of the Lakeside Foundation, a nonprofit Ohio Christian family resort on Lake Erie, founded in 1873. During his time at Lakeside, Edwards secured a listing of Lakeside District properties on the National Register of Historic Places and implemented a successful plan of historic preservation for that community. Prior to his position at Lakeside, Edwards served as Administrative Assistant for the Darlington County, South Carolina, Superintendent of Education. While serving in the position, he assisted with getting listings of the St. John’s (Darlington) Historical District placed on the National Register. Working with the University of South Carolina, he set up a colonial 18th Century archaeological display in the county's Historical Society Museum. Edwards earned the Freedom Foundation Award for Excellence for the county school district’s bicentennial observance and served as president of the South Carolina Archaeological Society.

Edwards is also the co-author of From Through the Eyes of Soldiers: The Battle of Wyse Forks Kinston, North Carolina March 7-10, 1865 by Tom J. Edwards and William H. Rowland, edited by Ashleigh D. Brothers, and published by the Lenoir county historical Association, Kinston, N.C., 2006.

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The Tom J. Edwards Collection consists of research materials compiled in 2005 and used in preparing the book Through the Eyes of Soldiers: The Battle of Wyse Forks, Kinston NC March 7-10, 1865 by Tom J. Edwards and William H. Rowland, edited by Ashleigh D. Brothers (Kinston, NC: Lenoir County Historical Society, c.2006). The collection is arranged in two series in original order.

Series I: Battle of Wyse Forks Research Materials, consists of typewritten excerpts from the regimental histories of the 3rd New York Artillery, 9th New Jersey, 23rd and 27th Massachusetts, 15th Connecticut, 17th, 20th, 36th, 40th, 42nd, 51st, 61st, 66th, 67th, 68th, 70th, 71st, 72nd North Carolina and 1st Battalion NC junior Reserves, Memoirs of the War of Secession by Johnson Hagwood, and the Official Records of the War.

Series I also includes orders of battle for both Union and Confederate forces, a paper presented at the 1887 reunion, as well as the official reports of XXIII Corps (including subordinate commands 1st Brigade, 120th Indiana, 124th Indiana, 128th Indiana, and 180th Ohio, 2nd Brigade, 123rd Indiana, 129th Indiana, 130th Indiana, and 28th Michigan, and 3rd Brigade, 174th and 178th Ohio) and the 1st and 2nd Divisions, District of Beaufort. Many of the excerpt passages lack bibliographic information.

Series II: Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks 7-10 March 1865, including manuscript maps of the battle showing positions and movements of the armies in chronological order throughout the battle.

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Series 1:
Battle of Wyse Forks Research Materials
  • Box 1#1126.1
    • Folder a#1126.1.a
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 7 March 1865 (2005) consisting of excerpts from the regimental histories of the 23rd and 27th Massachusetts, 15th Connecticut, 9th New Jersey, 51st, 61st and 72nd North Carolina Volunteers, reports from US XXIII Corps and District of Beaufort (and subordinate commands). Typescripts, Photocopy typescripts, Post-it notes. 5 items. 78 p. Notes: Maps have been removed to separate folder - Series 2: Battle Maps
    • Folder b#1126.1.b
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 8 March 1865 (2005) consisting of Union and Confederate orders of battle, excerpts from the 17th 20th, 36th, 40th, 42nd, 51st, 61st, 66th, 67th, 68th, 70th, 71st, and 72nd regiments (North Carolina Volunteers), 3rd NY Artillery, 15th Connecticut, 27th Massachusetts, and 9th New Jersey Volunteers, reports from US XXIII Corps and District of Beaufort (and subordinate commands), orders. Typescripts & Edited typescripts. 15 items. 115 p.
    • Folder c#1126.1.c
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 8 March 1865 (2005) consisting of extracts from "War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies" consisting of reports and messages. Typescripts & Edited typescripts. 11 items. 58 p.
    • Folder d#1126.1.d
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 9 March 1865 (2005) consisting of correspondence, reports from US XXIII Corps and District of Beaufort (and subordinate commands), maps, and excerpts from the histories of the 66th and 72nd North Carolina, the Martin - Kirkland Brigade, the 9th New Jersey, 15th Connecticut, and 3rd New York Artillery. Holographs notes, Holographs maps, Photocopy clippings; Photocopy typescripts, etc. 13 items. 45 p.
    • Folder e#1126.1.e
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 10 March 1865 (2005) consisting of excerpts from the regimental histories of the 17th, 42nd, 66th, and 72nd North Carolina Volunteers, the Martin Kirkland Brigade, the 9th New Jersey and 15th Connecticut Volunteers, and 3rd New York Artillery. Typescripts, Edited typescripts, etc. 2 items. 62 p. Note: Maps have been removed to separate folder - Series II: Battle Maps
    • Folder f#1126.1.f
      Battle of Wyse Forks research materials for 7 - 10 March 1865 (2005) consisting of accounts of the 42nd, 61st, 66th, 67th and 68th North Carolina Volunteers and the 1st Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves; also a poem to the 9th New Jersey Volunteers. Typescripts & Edited typescripts. 6 items. 16 p.
Series 2:
Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks 7 - 10 March 1865
  • Box 1#1126.1
    • Folder g#1126.1.g
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 7 March - 10 March 1865 (2005) Holograph maps, Mimeograph maps, Business card. 4 items. 4 p.
    • Folder h#1126.1.h
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865, Situation at 10 AM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder i#1126.1.i
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865 (2005) Holograph maps. Situation at 1130 - 1200 AM 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder j#1126.1.j
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865 Situation at 1130 - 1230 AM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder k#1126.1.k
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865, Situation at 12 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder l#1126.1.l
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865 Situation at 1 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder m#1126.1.m
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865, Situation at 2 - 3 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder n#1126.1.n
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 8 March 1865, Situation at 4 - 5 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder o#1126.1.o
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 9 AM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder p#1126.1.p
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 11 AM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder q#1126.1.q
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 1130 AM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder r#1126.1.r
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 12 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder s#1126.1.s
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 1230 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder t#1126.1.t
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina 10 March 1865, Situation at 1 - 2 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder u#1126.1.u
      Battle Maps: Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina10 March 1865, Situation at 4 PM (2005) Holograph maps. 2 items. 2 p.

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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