Manuscript Collection

George C. Martin Papers - Accession 271 - M117 (149-150)

George C. Martin Papers - Accession 271 - M117 (149-150)



Accession 271 - M117 (149-150)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

70 pieces



Historical Note

George Canning Martin was a Confederate Soldier during the American Civil War and was born around 1829 in Henry County, Virginia. He was enlisted as a volunteer on March 3, 1862 at Elm Grove or Leaksville, Rockingham County, NC by J. W. Burton. He was mustered into service at Camp Mangum, (near Raleigh, NC) on April 5, 1862 by Col. R. C. Hill and assigned to Capt. John R. Winston's Company (Dan River rangers), which became Co. F, 45th Regiment, NC Infantry as a private. He died at the battle of Fishers Hill on September 21, 1864. His wife, Sarah Jane Martin later lived in McConnellsville, SC.

Scope and Content Note

The George C. Martin Papers includes Civil War correspondence between George Canning Martin and his wife, Sarah Jane, from May 1862 to August 1864. Subjects include camp life, the progress of the war in North Carolina and Virginia, and the physical and mental condition of the Confederate soldiers (such as ill health, poor food, and depression). Also included are tax receipts, pension records, newspapers clippings (1863), a commonplace book belonging to Robert Smith, and a memoir (author unknown).


The George C. Martin Papers were deposited on August 29,1979 by Walter N. Wells, Laurence K. Wells, and Mary L. Wells.


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George C. Martin Papers - Accession 271 - M117 (149-150)

LC Subject Headings

Martin, George Canning, 1827-1864--Correspondence; Confederate States of America. Army--Military life; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects