Source: Victor C. Faure Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #1201 Staff Person: Lynette Lundin Description: The letter is written by Pvt. Victor C. Faure to his parents, Henry E. Faure and Inge Peterson Faure, who live in San Francisco, California, describing his experiences during World War I. From his letter above he describes Army life on [...]
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Source: John B. Green Collection #380.2.b Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo Description: Seen in the photograph above are four, unnamed, concrete-hulled river steamers at the Newport Shipping Corporation shipyard, in New Bern, North Carolina. They are obviously incomplete and unnamed. Built to solve the desperate shortage of steel for shipping during World War I, they were [...]
Source: Harold Stacey Burdick Collection, 1892-1923; East Carolina Manuscript Collection #1162 Staff Person: Nanette Hardison Description: The image shown is a studio portrait of Lt. Commander Harold Stacey Burdick (#1162.1.g) in his naval uniform dated around 1905-1917. This portrait along with other items in the Harold Stacey Burdick Collection gives valuable insight into the life and naval [...]
George Willcox McIver was born on December 22, 1858, at Carthage, N.C., and died in 1947 at the age of eighty-nine. He was the son of Alexander McIver, a noted North Carolina educator, and Mary Ann Willcox. McIver was appointed to West Point in 1877 and graduated with the class of 1882. Upon graduation, he began a military career of forty years of active service including duty in the United States, Alaska, Cuba, France, and the Philippine Islands.
McIver’s military career began with service in the West (1883-1891) with the 7th U.S. Infantry. He was stationed at various forts, including Pembina, Fred Steele, Laramie, Logan, and Bridger. He was sent to Rock Springs, Wyoming (1885), along with other troops to put down civil unrest between Chinese and white miners. McIver’s unit participated in the “Sioux Campaign” of 1890-1891 which culminated in the Battle of Wounded Knee. He served as a tactical officer at West Point (1891-1893); duty officer to Camp Pilot Butte, Montana (1893); and Regular Army officer with the California National Guard (1894), where he observed the civil unrest of the California Railroad Strikes. In 1898, McIver was reunited with the 7th U.S. Infantry, which was mobilized at Chickamauga Park, Georgia, for service in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, where McIver’s unit participated in the Battle of El Caney.
From 1898-1900, McIver was stationed at Ford Brady, Michigan, and at Leech Lake Indian Agency in Walker, Minnesota. From 1900 to 1903, he was stationed at Nome and Fort St. Michael, Alaska. He was assigned to the Philippine Islands from 1903 until July 1905, when he returned to California as the Commandant of the U.S. military prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. In 1907, he became the Commandant of the army’s first musketry school at Monterey, California. In 1911, he began work on a revision of the Army Small Arms Firing Manual. McIver served a second tour of duty in the Philippines (1914) before becoming executive officer of the Militia Bureau of the War Department (1915).
Before U.S. intervention in World War I, McIver was promoted to Brigadier General and took command of the 161st Brigade of the 81st (Wild Cat) Division which trained at Camp Jackson and Camp Sevier, South Carolina. This unit became incorporated into the American Expeditionary Force and participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. From 1919 until his retirement in 1922, McIver was stationed at Fort Pike, Arkansas, and Fort Slocum, New York.
Source: David Balcombe Papers, East Carolina Manuscipt Collection Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo Description: These 6 black and white photographs are from the David Balcombe Papers (Manuscript Collection #1140.1.i). They were taken in India in June 1915, when Balcombe was a private in H Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Queen’s West Surrey Territorial Regiment. The West Surreys [...]
Source: Guide to the James Byron Hilliard Collection, 1760-1965, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, #182 Staff Person: Lynette Lundin Description: James Byron Hilliard was a genealogist who gathered and compiled his family history. He acquired this letter along with other papers that cover information beyond their immediate families; the families were from Northeastern North Carolina and [...]
Source: George Willcox Mclver Papers (Addition #6), East Carolina Manuscript Collection #251 Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo Description: The Carolina Wildcat insignia displayed here is a reproduction of the shoulder patches worn by Headquarters units of the 81st Infantry Division during World War I. Although the division included troops from Florida, Puerto Rico, and New York [...]
Source: Guide to the John Graham Johns Papers, 1921-1955, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #410 Staff Person: Nanette Hardison Description: The two images shown are from the John Graham Johns Papers, which is a collection of material that comes from John Graham Johns’ attendance in the Navy Academy and his service in the Navy from 1921-1955. [...]
Source: Moore Family Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #275 Charles O’Hagan Laughinghouse Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #267 Edgerton Family Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #361 Staff Person: Brian Johnson Description: This document is a NOTICE OF CALL AND ORDER TO APPEAR FOR PHYSICAL EXAMINATION issued by the Local Board for the County of Pitt, [...]