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Collection Number: 01555-z

Collection Title: Francis A. Boyle Books, 1864-1865; 1904.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Abstract Francis A. Boyle (1838-1907) of Plymouth, N.C., was an officer in the 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment who was captured and sent to Point Lookout, Md., May 1864. He was subsequently transferred to Fort Delaware, Del., June 1864, where he became involved in the Christian Association of Confederate Prisoners, later called Confederate States Christian Association for the Relief of Prisoner. The collection includes records of Francis A. Boyle as a Confederate officer in federal prisons, including a diary, 1864-1865, of Boyle's experiences as an officer of the 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment fighting in Virginia and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md., and at Fort Delaware, Del.; minutes, constitution and by-laws, membership lists, and other records of the Christian Association of Confederate Prisoners at Fort Delaware, later called the Confederate States Christian Association for the Relief of Prisoners, 1864- 1865; and typed transcriptions of two 1904 autobiographical letters.
Creator Boyle, Francis A., 1838-1907.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Francis A. Boyle Books, #1555-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription of the 1864-1865 diary and a microfilm of this transcription are also available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. John S. McEldowney of Baltimore, Md., November 1948.
Received from Mrs. Joseph H. Saunders of Williamston, N.C., June 1958.
Received from Mary Lindsay Thornton of Chapel Hill, N.C., March 1962.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Francis A. Boyle (1838-1907) of Plymouth, N.C., was an officer in the 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment who was captured and sent to Point Lookout, Md., May 1864. He was subsequently transferred to Fort Delaware, Del., June 1864, where he became involved in the Christian Association of Confederate Prisoners, later called Confederate States Christian Association for the Relief of Prisoner.

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The collection includes records of Francis A. Boyle as a Confederate officer in federal prisons, including a diary, 1864-1865, of Boyle's experiences as an officer of the 32nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment fighting in Virginia and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md., and at Fort Delaware, Del.; minutes, constitution and by-laws, membership lists, and other records of the Christian Association of Confederate Prisoners at Fort Delaware, later called the Confederate States Christian Association for the Relief of Prisoners, 1864-1865; and typed transcriptions of two 1904 autobiographical letters. The diary entries from Fort Delaware contain details of prison life including religious activities, a description of the prison hospital, and arrivals and releases of prisoners.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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