Saturday, January 14, 2006

Wilmington, NC Confederate Hospital Records

Barb sent the following posting made by someone on the Newton County, Georgia genealogy mailing list in September 2005.

I went to a book signing the other night for the book "WILD ROSE" by Ann Blackman. The book is about Rose O'Neale Greenhowe the Yankee turned Confederate spy. If you get a chance read this. Wonderful!!

While there we had several of our Confederate organizations present with a lot of info to look thru. One of them I want to pass on to all of you. Now online are the "Wilmington, NC Confederate Hospital Records" [abstracted] by Bob Cooke. This was funded by the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society, Cape Fear Civil War Round Table, Oakdale Cemetery, and Friends of the New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC Public Library. This is in Adobe Format and is [currently] about 194 pages long - I believe over 2800 names. There are a lot of Confederate boys from many different states and units listed. It also is alphabetical. If they had the info it lists where they are from & their unit along with their diagnosis and dates in the hospital. Wilmington was a very large hospital for the Confederate wounded. I am having this printed out and making 2 reference books to bring to Paulding Co for the Library and Museum.

This is the site:


When I checked out the site, I found that it is STILL IN PROGRESS, so if you didn't find your ancestor's name yet, wait a bit longer. The home page explains:

"The microfilmed records of the hospital have been obtained by the NHCPL from the National Archives (Record Group 109) and are being transcribed by R. J. Cooke into spreadsheet format. This is a work in progress and is now (November 2005) about 30% complete at 3600 names. When complete it will contain in excess of 10,000 names."

I sure hope the poster to GANewton-L waits until the entire project is completed before making her printouts. I also note that each page states "not to be copied, printed or posted without permission of the author." While I am sure that one page mentioning an ancestor would be allowed by individual researchers. However, printing out the entire abstract would be a violation of the copyright notice without obtaining permission from

"In the early years of the Civil War, the Seamen's Home located at Dock and South Front Streets in Wilmington, North Carolina, was converted to a hospital for the sick and wounded of the Confederate Army. This 200 bed hospital, known as General Hospital No. 4, operated as an army hospital up until the fall of Wilmington to Federal troops on 22 February 1865 with the exception of its use for civilian yellow fever patients for the last four months of 1862." IBID.

An introduction to the project

History of the hospital (3 pages)

Listing of diseases with definitions (3 pages)

List of references used (1 page)

This last page was necessary because often the company commander's name was used in place of the soldier's unit designation. From this we learn that the project is more than an abstract of the original records, it's an "analyzed abstract."

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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