Friday, July 12, 2013

James Havens' Civil War Record

I don't know why I didn't think to add to yesterday's story these images of my great-great-grandfather, James Haven's Confederate records.

James Havens, muster roll.
This oath of allegiance to the United States government taken in June 1865 is especially interesting to me because it shows his signature, not once, but twice. And it describes his physical appearance at the end: 5'11", dark complexion, dark eyes, dark skin. Note no whiskers, so he must have been clean shaven. It says he was 48 years old, but if he was born in 1821, that's not quite correct. Oh, if only records agreed on these little details!

James Havens' oath of allegiance to the United States government, 24 June 1865.

Well, there you have it. Yes, any and all of our Troutman/Waggoner ancestors who fought in the Civil War were in rebellion against the Union. I've yet to find a Yankee soldier among them. In their minds, they were Virginians or North Carolinians defending their home states against an invading army.

(c) 2013 Z. T. Noble

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