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Collection Number: 03533-z

Collection Title: Benjamin Mosely Collins Papers, 1857, 1889-1913, 1980

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Abstract Benjamin Mosely Collins was born 18 August 1840, to Mary Ann Cottrell and Michael Collins, at Pleasant Hill, the family's home plantation near Ridgeway, Warren County, N.C. During the Civil War, he served as a captain in the Confederate Army. He died 8 March 1913. His father, Michael Collins, was born 16 May 1778, to Elizabeth Collins and Michael Collins. He was a planter, slave owner, and mill owner with assets in Rockingham County, N.C.; Vance County, N.C.; and Warren County, N.C. He died in 1856. The collection consists of a microfilm copy and typed transcription of the reminiscences of Benjamin Mosely Collins describing his experiences as a captain in the 12th North Carolina Regiment, serving in the Norfolk, Va., area until 1862, and with the Army of Northern Virginia, 1862-1865. Also included are inventories documenting the sale of slaves, real estate, and perishable property from the estate of Michael Collins and some genealogical material relating to the Collins and Arrington families.
Creator Collins, Benjamin Mosely, 1840-1913.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Benjamin Mosely Collins Papers #3533-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of reminiscences (filmed 1961) available.
  • Reel 1: Reminiscences
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Tucker of Warrenton, N.C., in May 1961. The original manuscript, from which the microfilm copy and typed transcription in this collection were made, was returned to Ann Collins of Ridgeway, N.C. Addition received from Stephen W. Raper of Rocky Mount, N.C., in January 2003 (Acc. 99407).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Benjamin Mosely Collins was born 18 August 1840, to Mary Ann Cottrell and Michael Collins, at Pleasant Hill, a family plantation near Ridgeway, Warren County, N.C. During the Civil War he served as a captain in the Confederate Army. In 1878 he married Mary "Molly" W. Plummer, the granddaughter of Kemp Plummer, and with her had six children. They all resided at Pleasant Hill until their deaths, his on 8 March 1913. His father, Michael Collins, was born 16 May 1778, to Elizabeth Collins and Michael Collins. He was a planter, slave owner, and mill owner. In addition to Pleasant Hill, he owned Ridgeway Mills and about 150 acres at Ridgeway, Warren County, N.C.; a 370 acre plantation at Aspen Grove in Rockingham County, N.C.; and the Nutbush Mill and about 700 acres on Nutbush Creek in Vance County, N.C. He married Elizabeth Drake and with her had five children. After Elizabeth died, he married Mary Ann Cottrell and with her had eight children, including Benjamin Mosely Collins. Michael Collins died in 1856.

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The collection consists of a microfilm copy and typed transcription of the reminiscences of Benjamin Mosely Collins (1840-1913) describing his experiences during the Civil War as a captain in the 12th North Carolina Regiment, serving in the Norfolk, Va., area until 1862, and with the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 to 1865. Also included are inventories documenting the sale of slaves, real estate, and perishable property from the estate of his father, Michael Collins (1778-1856), a planter, slave owner, and mill owner with assets in Rockingham County, N.C.; Vance County, N.C.; and Warren County, N.C. There is some genealogical material relating to the Collins and Arrington families.

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Microfilm (M-3533/1)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Library Staff, 1961

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, May 2004

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