Good news for American Revolutionary War researchers and enthusiasts, a new collection has just been added to the North Carolina Digital Collections.
The new collection is called Governors’ Papers, Historical, and contains early North Carolina Governors’ correspondence, beginning in April 1777. We are introducing this collection with correspondence of North Carolina’s first two Governors, Richard Caswell and Abner Nash.
Richard Caswell was the first Governor of North Carolina under the United States Constitution of 1776. His first administration began in April 1777 and he was subsequently re-elected for three consecutive one year terms, the amount allowable under the Constitution at the time. For more information about Governor Caswell and his time as Governor of North Carolina see the online finding aid or read this article at the State Library’s NCPedia.
North Carolina’s second Governor was Abner Nash. His term as governor was from April 1780 through June 25, 1781. His term in office was a difficult time for the Southern states during the American Revolution. The British had gained a strong foothold in the South and depleted many of the state’s resources. For more about Abner Nash and his term as Governor of North Carolina see the online finding aid or read the article on him at NCPedia.
While compiling the metadata that is included in the Historical Governors’ papers digital collection, I was amazed at the historical significance that these documents have. The majority of these letters pertain to the founding of the United States government and the war effort during the American Revolution, including documents from the Continental Congress. There are many letters written by or to very prominent historical figures, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and John Adams just to name a few. There are also many letters from prominent North Carolina historical figures. I have included a list of many of these individuals and an accompanying NCpedia links at the end of this post for your perusal.
The addition of these documents to our online collection will enable educators, researchers and history lovers throughout our state to easily utilize primary source documents to teach and learn more about the American Revolution and the foundation of our government.
The NCpedia biographies of prominent North Carolinians found in the papers of Governors Caswell and Nash are listed below.
Ashe, John: http://ncpedia.org/biography/ashe-john
Ashe, Samuel: http://ncpedia.org/biography/ashe-samuel
Avery, Waighstill: http://ncpedia.org/biography/avery-waightstill
Blount, Jacob: http://ncpedia.org/biography/blount-jacob
Burke, Thomas: http://ncpedia.org/biography/burke-thomas
Clark, Thomas: http://ncpedia.org/biography/clark-thomas
Cornell, Samuel: http://ncpedia.org/biography/cornell-samuel
Cray, William, Sr.: http://ncpedia.org/biography/cray-william-sr
Davidson, William Lee,: http://ncpedia.org/biography/davidson-william-lee
Dry, William: http://ncpedia.org/biography/dry-william-iii
Gilchrist, Thomas: http://ncpedia.org/biography/gilchrist-thomas (Good story that goes with his name and this document)
Gillespie, James: http://ncpedia.org/biography/gillespie-james
Gorrell, Ralph: http://ncpedia.org/biography/gorrell-ralph
Gregory, Isaac: http://ncpedia.org/biography/gregory-isaac
Harget, Fredrick: http://ncpedia.org/biography/hargett-or-harget
Hinton, John: http://ncpedia.org/biography/hinton-john
Hooper, William: http://ncpedia.org/biography/hooper-william
Houston, William Churchill: http://ncpedia.org/biography/houston-william-churchill
Howe, Robert: http://ncpedia.org/biography/howe-robert
Iredell, James: http://ncpedia.org/biography/iredell-james-sr
Irwin, Henry: http://ncpedia.org/biography/irwin-henry
Jarvis, Thomas: http://ncpedia.org/biography/governors/jarvis-thomas
Johnston, William: http://ncpedia.org/biography/johnston-william
Jones, Allen: http://ncpedia.org/biography/jones-allen