Captain Lenoir’s Diary
Tom Lenoir and His Civil War Company
from Western North Carolina
Carroll C. Jones
512 pages, with photographs, illustrations, maps, appendixes, and index
ISBN 978-1-935619-02-4, large-print paperback, $34.95 USD
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2010
After the fall of Fort Sumter in April 1861, Thomas Isaac Lenoir, a landholder, slaveowner, and farmer from the Pigeon River’s East Fork region, and Col. Joseph Cathey, a respected farmer, merchant, and politician in the Forks of Pigeon community, assembled a band of zealous volunteers who had poured out of the North Carolina hills to fight the Yankees.
Lenoir, at the age of forty-three, was unanimously elected to lead the fledgling military unit his mountaineers styled the “Haywood Highlanders.” As captain, he recorded in his personal diary the various activities and movements of his company as well as many other events and impressions as the mountaineers defended the Carolina coastal regions.
In his annotated transcription of this previously unpublished
document, award-winning historian Carroll C. Jones brings to light
the captain’s daily life in the field. Lenoir’s capability as an officer,
his concern for his men, and the difficult decisions he faced are
delineated in regular entries full of keen observations. Jones ex-
pands his coverage by including an account of the Highlanders for
the duration of the war and enriches the edition with more than 140
illustrations and selected letters from the Lenoir Family Papers, many
never before published.
To the list of the most revealing editions of wartime documents,
Captain Lenoir’s diary adds an extraordinarily valuable resource—the
portrait of an officer malgré lui who served the Confederacy honorably and returned to become a leading citizen in his mountain homeland.
Also by Carroll C. Jones
Two-time winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace History Book Award
Rooted Deep in the Pigeon Valley:
A Harvest of Western Carolina Memories
The 25th North Carolina Troops in the Civil War:
History and Roster of a Mountain-Bred Regiment