Colonial to Civil War Records in the North Carolina Archives

Alamance Battleground Marker

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA

Most researchers seem to think that military records are only located in the National Archives. The North Carolina Archives holds a treasure trove of records that cannot be found in Washington, DC. Most of the records are financial in nature. Records exist, to some extent, for the Tuscarora Indian War, the Spanish Alarm and the French and Indian War, and the War of Regulation that predate the American Revolution. Pay vouchers and account books (in four series), a register of the North Carolina Continental Line and Bounty Land warrants, are extant.

There are records of Loyalists and Confiscated Lands. In the same time period, there are records of the Cherokee and Chicamauga Expeditions. Conveniently, records are also extant for conflicts that most Americans were involved in, into the 20th-century. A treasure trove.

(Image source: “Alamance Battleground State Historic Site – Burlington, North Carolina” by Doug Kerr, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0), via flickr.com.)

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