The State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina have a website, North Carolina Family Records Online, with a Troop Returns collection online.

“This collection is comprised of Troop Returns from the State Archives of North Carolina Military Collection. Troop Returns (1747-1893) include lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees. The majority of this collection is related to the Revolutionary War.”

“Lists are usually pay or muster rolls. Returns are usually field or general returns, and report the names of the officers and the number of enlisted men under the commanding officer; names of individual soldiers are rarely included. Prisoner records may be lists of British prisoners, North Carolina Continental Line officers captured by the British, or lists of the prison guards. Draft and enlistment records give the names of the enlisted men and sometimes include descriptions of individual men: height, age, coloring, etc.”

“The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. The Collections are free and full-text searchable, and bring together content from the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.”


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