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William J. Hoke Captain's Commission

 Collection
Identifier: SC-MS-012

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a photocopy of a commission for William J. Hoke as a Captain of the Southern Guards, a Rifle Company attached to the Seventieth Regiment, North Carolina Militia, on December 11, 1850. His commission was signed by North Carolina Governor Charles Manly and his private secretary, Andrew J. Terrill.

Dates

  • 1850

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

William J. Hoke resided in Lincoln County, NC, where he enlisted at the age of 35 on April 25, 1861. He was appointed to the rank of captain from his date of enlistment and joined the Lincoln Guards and the Southern Stars. Upon being mustered into state service they became Company K of the First Regiment of North Carolina Infantry.[1]

On April 24, 1862, Captain Hoke became Colonel of the 38th Regiment of NC Troops. The 38th became part of Pender’s Brigade, which formed the Sixth of the “Light Division” commended by A.P. Hill. Hoke was wounded at Mechanicsville in 1862, at Gettysburg in 1863, and at Spotsylvania in 1864.[2] After Spotsylvania, Hoke was declared disabled for field service and was appointed to command the post at Charlotte, NC, until the end of the war.[3]

Hoke was the common great-grandfather of two faculty members of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Walser H. Allen, Jr., and Doctor Frank B. Hall.

Charles Manly was born in Chatham County, NC, on May 17, 1795. He served as the state’s thirty-first governor, from 1849 to 1851, and was the last Whig governor of North Carolina. Manly died in Raleigh, NC, on May 1, 1871.[4]

[1] North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, A Roster, Volume III, Infantry. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1971. Page 51.

[2] Clark, Walter, editor. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-’65. Published by the State, 1901. Volume II, pages 676-694.

[3] U.S. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington Printing Office, 1880-1901. 70 Volumes, in 18? or 28?.

[4] The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1967. Volume 4, pages 426-427.

Note written by William Madison Randall Library Special Collections Staff

Extent

1.00 Folder (Contains 1 folder)

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains a commission for William J. Hoke as a Captain of the Southern Guards, a Rifle Company attached to the Seventieth Regiment, North Carolina Militia, on December 11, 1850. His commission was signed by North Carolina Governor Charles Manly and his private secretary, Andrew J. Terrill.

Acquisition Information

This item is a photocopy of the original document, which is stored in the archives of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Processing Information

In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.
Title
William J. Hoke Captain's Commission
Status
Completed
Author
Deborah A. Edwards
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository

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