Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Noah Deaton Papers, 1862-1864

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Mary Parsons, June 2009, and Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Noah Deaton papers
Creator: Deaton, Noah, 1838-1922
Inclusive dates: 1862-1864
Extent: 6 items
The Noah Deaton papers contain six letters written by Deaton to his father, William Deaton, and to his future wife, Sarah Jane McDonald, during his service in the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army. Deaton's regiment served in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg campaign.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2009. M-4743.1; M-4743.2; M-4743.3; M-4743.4; M-4838.1; M4848.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Noah Deaton Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


This collection is arranged chronologically.


Noah Deaton was born on October 26, 1838, in North Carolina. He enlisted as a private in Company H of the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment on June 6, 1861, and served the Confederacy in the Gettysburg Campaign until his capture at Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863. He was sent to Old Capitol Prison and Point Lookout before his release in February 1865; he was formally exchanged in March 1865. After the war, he married Sarah Jane McDonald, and the couple had 8 children. Deaton died on March 24, 1922.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Noah Deaton papers contain six letters written by Deaton to his father, William Deaton, and to his future wife, Sarah Jane McDonald, during his service in the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Deaton wrote mainly about military movements and interactions between his regiment and Union soldiers, including several skirmishes in Virginia and North Carolina. On one occasion, North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance accompanied the regiment, as the Yankees broke up telegraph and railroad lines and eventually skirmished with the rebels outside of Goldsboro, North Carolina (December 19, 1862). Shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg, Deaton expressed his fear that the conviction of his fellow soldiers was waning, but he staunchly refused to submit to "Old Abe" (July 8, 1864). Deaton composed the final letter while imprisoned at Point Lookout, where he manufactured rings and breast pins for the Union Army. He described his condition as tolerable, but expressed pleasure at hearing news from home (October 10, 1864).

Deaton included a poem, "Soldiers Farewell," in his letter of June 23-30, 1863,

Subject Terms

    • Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 26th.
    • Gettysburg Campaign, 1863.
    • North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates.
    • Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894.
    • Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Poems.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   77, Schoff Civil War Collection Folder   20
    Noah Deaton papers,  June 17, 1862-October 10, 1864 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Underwood, George C, and Walter Clark. History of the Twenty-sixth Regiment of the North Carolina Troops, in the Great War 1861-'65. Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash brothers, book and job printers, 1901.

    The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University holds a collection of Noah Deaton papers.


    Jordan, Weymouth T., Jr. "Deaton, Noah, Private." North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster . Vol. VII. Raleigh: Division of Archives and History, 1979.

    Mary Parsons has compiled further background information about Noah Deaton and additional information on the material within the collection. Her notes are available in the Manuscripts Division.