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Daphne Hopson, clad in white gloves, slowly opened the document. It was amber with age and slightly lighter along the creases where transparent tape once kept it from tearing.

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Jeanne Lenderman, librarian at the Augusta Genealogical Society, holds a letter written by Stokes F. Ivey, who served in the Confederate Army.   Carole Hawkins/Staff
Carole Hawkins/Staff
Jeanne Lenderman, librarian at the Augusta Genealogical Society, holds a letter written by Stokes F. Ivey, who served in the Confederate Army.

"I don't want to hurt it," she said.

Spidery handwriting inside revealed it was a muster roll from the Thomson Guards, a McDuffie County company that had been part of the 10th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers of the Confederate Army. The list of names was a human snapshot of local Confederate soldiers.

The muster roll came from a box records from one of Georgia's original chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The box was recently rediscovered at the Augusta Genealogical Society. Directors theorize it may have been sent there for safekeeping after an estate settlement.

Many of the documents are member applications for the now defunct Ida Evans Eve UDC chapter in Thomson, which formed three decades after the Civil War. Also included are old UDC charters and scrapbooks of the group's activities during the early 1900s.

"I think it's a very significant find. A lot of these old records don't exist anymore," said Hopson, president of today's William Henry Talbot Walker UDC Chapter in Augusta.

To join the UDC, prospective members must prove direct lineage with someone who served in the Confederate Army. The Ida Evans Eve application records are thus interesting for genealogical reasons, but the records' age also places them a handshake away from history. Many applicants proved their heritage with letters from soldiers who had served with their relatives. The letters sometimes turned personal.

"You may well be proud of your father's name for he was a good man and a brave soldier," Confederate veteran G.H. Embree wrote in a letter to Lillie Paschal McCord.

The Thomson Guards muster roll says the company began its service May 11, 1861, and was made up of mainly planters and their sons from Columbia County and what is now McDuffie County. Only 77 of its 130 soldiers returned home. Some died at Gettysburg, others at Sharpsburg. Next to some men's names was written simply, "died during the war." Nearly as many men died of disease as battle wounds.

Hopson could relate to the sacrifices. Her great-great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier from Mississippi who became a prisoner of war at a battle at Fort Donaldson.

The rediscovered records will be sent next month to the UDC's division headquarters near Stone Mountain, where they will be placed in a museum in climate-controlled conditions, Hopson said.

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wildman
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wildman 10/26/10 - 05:19 am
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Thanks for sharing this very

Thanks for sharing this very important information. Love reading about history.

Ole School
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Ole School 10/26/10 - 05:28 am
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Come on Chronicle , list the

Come on Chronicle , list the names !

mable8
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mable8 10/26/10 - 05:59 am
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What an awesome find--great

What an awesome find--great article, AC.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/26/10 - 07:32 am
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I agree OS. A list would be

I agree OS. A list would be nice.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 10/26/10 - 08:52 am
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Thomas E. Holley of McDuffie

Thomas E. Holley of McDuffie County has written a book on the Thomson Guards, Company F, 10th GA Vol. Inf. Which includes the rosters and a lot of other history. He has also written a book on Company K, 16th GA Vol. Inf. Mostly from Columbia County, including Oliver Hardy, father of the Oliver Hardy from Laurel and Hardy fame. The last I heard, Mr. Holley was working on a book about the Hamilton Rangers, 48th GA Vol. Inf and he may be finished now.

There is a lot of information available on the Internet now. You will find that Company K, 10th GA were the Davis Musketeers many from Richmond County. Two units of cavalry from Augusta were made from The Richmond Hussars. One was known as Company "A" Georgia Legion Cavalry, or Cobb's Legion, Georgia Volunteers, and the other was known as Company "B" Captain Young's Cavalry, Georgia Legion or Company "I" (Cavalry Battalion), Cobb's Legion, Georgia Volunteers. There were many other units local to this area as well.

a different drum
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a different drum 10/26/10 - 08:53 am
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It would be nice if they

It would be nice if they would scan the documents and make a high quality digital image that could be shared with the general public over the internet. The local government spent a lot of money building a new library. Personally, I think the money would have been better spent scanning the historical documents of Augusta and the surrounding counties and making them available on-line through the library’s web site. The library downtown has a lot of history on paper. Paper deteriorates over time – digital images can last forever.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 10/26/10 - 09:04 am
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heyncname, where did those 2
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heyncname, where did those 2 calvary units serve?

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 10/26/10 - 06:23 pm
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Cobb's Legion Cavalry with

Cobb's Legion Cavalry with Lee.

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