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|Size||About 8,500 items (22.5 linear feet).|
|Abstract||Charles Beers Gault (1911-1998), a native of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., son of Francis Beers Gault and Susie Bell LaMotte Gault, attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; worked for Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company; and served in the United States Army, 1941-1960, retiring as colonel. The papers include correspondence; postcards; military, college, and other papers; and family and military photographs. Correspondence, 1880-1960, is chiefly with family and friends discussing daily activities and family matters. Business letters of Francis Beers Gault, who owned the North Carolina Lumber Company, include one about building Flemington Hall, the family home in Lake Waccamaw, N.C. Early Charles B. Gault letters document his time at the University of North Carolina, 1931, and his work at Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, 1934-1939. Letters 1941-1945 were written during Gault's World War II service in the 25th Evacuation Hospital in Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and with the Detachment Medical Department of La Garde General Hospital in New Orleans, La. Postcards, 1911-1960, chiefly relate to activities of Gault family members. Military papers, 1941-1960, document Gault's military service in the United States Army and include histories of military hospitals and other units; college papers, 1929-1933, document Gault's education at University of North Carolina and at King's Business College in Raleigh, N.C. Photographs, 1906-1950s, are chiefly of Charles B. Gault, Gault family members, and military subjects.|
|Creator||Gault, Charles B., 1911- .|
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Charles Beers Gault was born on 5 May 1911 in Lake Waccamaw, N.C., to Francis Beers Gault and Susie Bell LaMotte Gault. His father, a Minnesota native, arrived in North Carolina in 1897 and eventually took over the Short and Beers Lumber Company, later the North Carolina Lumber Company, located in Hallsboro, N.C., from his great uncle, Charles O. Beers. Francis Beers Gault became one of Columbus County's largest landowners and built an elaborate home, Flemington Hall, in Lake Waccamaw to house his family, which eventually included Charles's sisters, Miriam Ashe Gault (also known as Sister, born 20 November 1916) and Mary Lampman Gault (born 28 February 1921), and his brother, Francis Alexander Gault (Frank or Alex, born 24 April 1923).
Charles B. Gault entered public school in Wilmington, N.C., in October 1918 and Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., in September 1926. At Fishburne, he served as business manager of the school newspaper. Matriculating at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in September 1929, Gault was extensively involved in Greek life, serving as president of the University's chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He struggled academically, however, and left the University in January 1932 to attend King's Business College in Raleigh, N.C.
After spending a year at King's Business College, Gault worked as a statistical clerk for the Home Owners' Loan Corporation in North Carolina; a branch office cashier and salesman for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company in Greensboro, N.C.; and a field adjuster for Commercial Credit Corporation in North Carolina, 1939-1940. Gault worked at Smith's Esso station in Charlotte and as a salesman for International Silverware Co. in 1940.
Gault's siblings were attending school and beginning their careers in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Sister attended Woman's College in Greensboro, September 1936-June 1939, and then taught at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va., 1939-1941. In 1941, she married Sidney Holt. Frank attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., 1939-1941; entered Davidson College in September 1941; and joined the Merchant Marine in December 1942. Mary attended the Marjorie Webster School, September 1941-June 1943, and taught there beginning in September 1943. Their father, Francis Beers Gault, died in October 1946.
The bulk of Charles B. Gault's career was spent in the United States Army. Gault entered the army as a private on 19 July 1941 at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was sent to LaGarde General Hospital in New Orleans, La., where he became personnel sergeant major with the rank of staff sergeant. After attending Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School at the Medical Field Service School in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1 June-24 August 1942, Gault was commissioned a second lieutenant, Medical Administrative Corps, on 25 August. He then went overseas, serving in Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, as adjutant at 25th Evacuation Hospital and administrative officer to the Island Surgeon. In April 1945, Gault became administrative officer to the Island Surgeon on Guadalcanal at Fleet Hospital 105; in August, he was appointed adjutant in 332d Station Hospital in New Caledonia.
Starting in 1946, Gault was a casual company commander at Camp Polk, La.; training company commander at Fort Ord, Calif.; administrative officer at Fort Ord's Officers' Training School; and adjutant of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. In October 1948, Gault became personnel officer at the 382d Station Hospital at Ascom City, Korea. Later, he was collecting company commander and administrative officer in the 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Then he was base sanitation and preventive medicine officer for the Surgeon at the 2d Logistical Command in Pusan, Korea.
Gault returned to the United States in July 1951, serving with the 101st Medical Battalion at Camp Atterbury, Ind., until September and then in Würzburg and Wertheim, Germany. In November 1954, Gault was assigned to the Personnel Research and Procedures Division of the Adjutant General's Office. In that capacity, he worked as a field job analyst at Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; and at units in Germany and France. Starting in July 1956, Gault was in Washington, D.C., as an administrative officer in the Personnel Analysis Section of the same division. In May 1957, Gault was assigned to the headquarters of the 1st Medical Group in Verdun, France, and became the commanding officer of the 16th field hospital in Vitry Le François in January 1959. He returned to the United States in September 1959, serving at the Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox, Ky.
After his retirement from the army in 1961, Gault built a home in Chapel Hill. He remained active as an unofficial adviser to Duke University's chapter of Delta Tau Delta, 1962-1985, opening his home to generations of students. In 1990, the Charles B. Gault-Delta Tau Delta Scholarship at Duke was established. Gault died on 25 December 1998.Back to Top
The Charles B. Gault papers include correspondence; postcards; military, college, and other papers; and family and military photographs. General correspondence, 1880-1960, is chiefly with family and friends, discussing daily activities and family matters. Business letters of Francis Beers Gault, who owned the North Carolina Lumber Company, include one about building Flemington Hall, the family home in Lake Waccamaw, N.C. Early Charles B. Gault letters document his time at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., 1931, and his work at Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, 1934-1939. Letters 1941-1945 were written during Gault's World War II service in the 25th Evacuation Hospital in Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and with the Detachment Medical Department of La Garde General Hospital in New Orleans, La.. Postcards, 1911-1960, chiefly relate to activities to Gault family members. Military papers, 1941-1960, document Gault's military service in the United States Army and include histories of military hospitals and other units; college papers, 1929-1933, document Gault's education at University of North Carolina and at King's Business College in Raleigh, N.C. Photographs, 1906-1950s, are chiefly of Charles B. Gault, Gault family members, and military subjects.Back to Top
The bulk of the correspondence is chronologically arranged in Series 1.1. Series 1.2-1.5 are alphabetical and chronological groupings of letters that were maintained separately by Charles B. Gault. The order of these groupings has been maintained. Note that subjects and correspondents are similar throughout this series.
Correspondence of Charles B. Gault, chiefly with family and friends, discussing daily activities and family matters. Also included are business letters of Francis Beers Gault. One of the earliest is a 1910 letter to Charlie Beers, Francis Beers Gault's uncle. Most of the early correspondence is Francis Beers Gault's business correspondence, including a letter with plans for building Flemington Hall, the family home in Lake Waccamaw, N.C. Also among this early business correspondence are letters from George Rountree, a prominent Wilmington lawyer.
Charles B. Gault's earliest correspondence includes his 1926 letters to his parents describing a trip he made to visit relatives in New York, N.Y.; Blossvale, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Saint Peter, Minn.; Trenton, N.J.; and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and to the United States Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa.
In his 1931 correspondence, Charles described his activities at the University of North Carolina. Prominent among these was his involvement in Delta Tau Delta fraternity, of which he served as president. In January 1932, the correspondence shows his leaving Chapel Hill and moving to Raleigh to attend King's Business College. Charles's sister, Miriam Ashe Gault, known as Sister, attended St. Mary's School in Raleigh, starting in September 1932, and some of the correspondence includes references to time they spent together.
In November 1932, Charles wrote about his work at the state office of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation. In a 10 January 1934 letter to his brother Alex (Francis Alexander Gault), he explained the agency's purpose.
Beginning in 1934, Charles B. Gault's letters document his work at Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, where he was employed until 1939, spending three years selling insurance and two years as cashier. He often included company publications along with his letters to his mother describing his activities with the company. He also wrote about movies he saw and social events he attended. Occasionally, he mentioned current events, such as Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia in a 3 October 1935 letter and a denunciation of Hitler and Mussolini in a 16 October 1940 letter that announces to his mother his registration with the Selective Service.
Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent.
Letters, filed together by Charles B. Gault, to and from Gault's friends and associates from his teenage years in Wilmington, N.C., through his early years of employment. Topics include reminiscences and descriptions of current activities. There are no family letters in this group.
Correspondence of Charles B. Gault, including letters from relatives beyond his immediate family; a 1931 letter from University of North Carolina President Frank Porter Graham thanking Gault for an invitation to Flemington Hall; a 1933 letter from United States Senator Josiah Bailey regarding Gault's seeking a federal job; a letter, 1930, from Father Thomas Darot of Wilmington, N.C., advising Gault on how to prepare himself for entering the ministry; correspondence with Colonel Morgan Hudgins and Major Landon L. Davis of Fishburne Military School about recruiting students; a 1937 letter from Professor A. J. Hanna of Rollins College about the assistance given by Gault's great-grandmother, Sophia Frances Ashe, to her cousin, Confederate Attorney General George Davis, in avoiding capture during the Civil War; and a 1934 letter to W. J. Henderson giving some description of Gault's activities in 1933, including a family trip to the Chicago World's Fair and his work with the Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation and the Home Owners' Loan Corporation.
Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent.
Letters written during Charles B. Gault's service in the 25th Evacuation Hospital in Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. Included is correspondence with Gault's friends back home as well as with other servicemen. Some letters from his siblings Frank, Mary, and Sister are also included.
Letters, 1941-1942, largely written during Charles B. Gault's period in the Detachment Medical Department of La Garde General Hospital in New Orleans, La. There are many letters from Gault's mother and his friends. Gault's mother's letters contain reports on her health and news of other family members, such as Sister's wedding to naval officer Sidney Holt in the summer of 1941, Mary's entering the Marjorie Webster School of Physical Education in August 1941, and Frank's matriculation at Davidson College in September 1941. Letters from Gault include one on 13 March 1942 to Colonel Morgan Hudgins of Fishburne Military School and another on 11 April 1942 to E. L. Layfield of King's Business College describing his work at LaGarde General Hospital.
August 1943-July 1944 letters are to Gault from his mother. They describe activities she was engaged in and news about Gault's siblings, including the birth of Sister's son Michael in December 1943.
Postcards chiefly between Gault family members. Starting in 1949, Charles B. Gault began sending postcards to his mother in addition to letters. The bulk of the cards are from 1949-1960, almost all short notes from Gault to his mother describing his daily activities at work and at home.
Arrangement: chronological and alphabetical by subject.
Materials relating to Charles B. Gault's military service in the United States Army, including histories of hospitals and units, internal memoranda, special orders, personal property inventories, service newspapers and clippings, and other materials.
Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.
Papers Charles B. Gault wrote at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, including one about the University's power plant, water filtration plant, and the Louis Round Wilson Library; records documenting Gault's attendance at King's Business College; and a personal record book Gault began in 1931, containing detailed records about each year of Gault's education and other activities through high school and each semester at the University of North Carolina.
Early materials include some of Charles Beers, Charles B. Gault's great-uncle, including an 1865 document naming him executor of an estate and an 1892 deed.
There are several 1930s Jefferson Pilot publications describing company goals and activities and Daily Planning Sheets on which Gault documented discussions with prospective customers.
Gault resided in the Raleigh YMCA for several years in the 1930s, and there are undated notes to him from other residents from that period. Other materials include play and commencement programs from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, church programs, and a program from a 1937 Boy Scout Scout-O-Rama. There are also Christmas card and gift lists and an undated genealogical chart that Gault prepared for an army lieutenant documenting Gault's relationship to him as a fourth cousin.
Also include are a 1941 Raleigh News and Observer article about Jacques Hardré, a friend of Gault's who interrupted his graduate studies in Chapel Hill to fight for France in 1939 and then returned when France fell to the Germans. Gault lived with Jacques Hardré's father Rene and his wife in the late 1930s in Greensboro, where Rene Hardréwas teaching at Woman's College. Jacques Hardrélater became chair of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Department of Romance Languages.
There are 1930s and 1950s copies of C.Q., the newspaper of the Fishburne Military School, as well as an invitation to the school's 1927 graduation exercises. There are also several 1940 documents regarding transactions involving stock in the North Carolina Lumber Company.
Photographs of Charles B. Gault, members of his family, army colleagues, places Gault visited, and other subjects. The subjects in many of the photographs are identified on the verso.
Items separated include pictures (P-4969/folders 1-4).Back to Top