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Documents shed light on Confederate group

AUGUSTA --- Original documents and records dating back to the Civil War era recently were discovered while a storage room was being reorganized in Augusta.

Maxine Maloney, the president of the Augusta Genealogical Society, said while rearranging the storage room of their library on Broad Street, they moved a stack of boxes that contained familiar United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) material. Behind all the logged boxes they discovered some boxes that had been "shoved back."

"And we dug them out, and it was all UDC material from the Ida Evans Eve Chapter of Thomson," Ms. Maloney said. "The Chapter disbanded in the 1960s."

According to the materials in the box, the Ida Evans Eve Chapter of the UDC was organized on April 26, 1897 by Mrs. Idus W. Shields and Mrs. William F. Eve. The charter was granted on Sept. 27 of that same year.

The box contained four binders of original applications of membership, journals with minutes of meetings, and approximately seven scrapbooks from the early 1900s with pictures from 1897. The title page of each scrapbook reveals they were "compiled by Mrs. Jim Neal."

Also included was an original muster roll of soldiers from Thomson who joined Co. F, 10th Georgia Regimen, Semmes' Brigade. Handwritten in ink, the roll gives info on almost all of the privates and tells if, when and where they were killed or wounded. Apparently someone later researched the names that had no information beside them, because notations had been added in pencil.

The muster list was in an envelope postmarked May 5, 1950 and addressed to Mrs. Milton Brown, Lee Street, Thomson, Ga.

"This is interesting," Ms. Maloney quipped. "If you live long enough, you get to see history."

The list of members of the Ida Evans Eve Chapter from September 1897 included: Mrs. Ophelia Neal, Mrs. Laura West, Mrs. Martha McLean, Mrs. Mary Pearce, Mrs. Marie Shields, Mrs. Sallie Hill, Mrs. Lucinda McCorkle, Mrs. Eva Hardaway, Mrs. Etta Palmer, Mrs. Lillie G. Johnson, Mrs. Nevada Jones, Mrs. Myra McLean, Miss Cora O'Neal, and Miss Mamie Harrison.

The genealogical society's Daphne Hopson, who also is a member of the W.H.T. Walker Chapter of the UDC of Augusta, said the newly discovered material will be returned to the UDC President General Jane Durden on Wednesday to be placed in the UDC library in Stone Mountain.

Membership in the Augusta Genealogical Society Inc. is open to any historians, family genealogists, preservationists and history buffs in the Central Savannah River Area. For $25, members receive monthly periodicals, use of the AGS library, monthly meetings, research tours, workshops, "how-to" assistance, annual seminars, participation in cemetery survey projects and contacts in more than 40 states.

The AGS library, called the Adamson Library, has 15,500 volumes of local and out-of-state reference materials, maps and manuscripts, as well as indexed ancestor chart files and surname-area files. For information, call 706-722-4073.

Web posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010

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