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|Abstract||A. J. McIntire served as an orderly sergeant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Company C, and later taught at a school for African Americans in Sampson County, N.C. The collection consists of two volumes of McIntire's diaries and a typed transcription of the earlier volume. The first diary, written between January and June 1864, contains brief daily entries on weather conditions, notable visitors, the shooting of deserters, and the May 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. McIntire's movements immediately after the completion of the first diary and end of the war are unclear. The second diary, dated January 1867 to May 1868, shows McIntire teaching school and describes social encounters, school duties, and religious and political activities.|
|Creator||McIntire, A. J., fl. 1864-1868.|
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A. J. McIntire (fl. 1864-1868) served as an orderly sergeant in Company C of the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in 1864. Having previously lived in Lillington, N.C., he later moved to Sampson County, N.C., where he taught at a school for African Americans.Back to Top
The first diary (46 p.), was written while Orderly Sergeant A. J. McIntire of the 38th North Carolina Infantry, Company C, was in service with the Army of Northern Virginia. His entries, dated 1 January to 8 June 1864, are brief, listing the day's occurrences with scant embellishment. Some of the events noted include North Carolina Governor Zebulon B. Vance's visit and speech to the brigade, troop movement, the shooting of deserters, the arrival of new conscripts, and participation in the May 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. There is a typed transcription of this volume that was provided by the seller.
The second diary, dated 1 January 1867 to 25 May 1868 (360 p.), offers more detail than the first. Working as a teacher at Mr. William James Cromartie's Negro House in Sampson County, N.C., McIntire wrote often of the weather and his health, along with social encounters, personal religious study, leisure time activity (namely fiddling and playing baseball), and school events. He also noted a failed attempt at registering to vote, thwarted by not having signed the Oath of Allegiance to the United States Constitution.Back to Top