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Slave Narrative of Blount Baker

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Blount Baker Location: 106 Spruce Street, Wilson, North Carolina An interview with Blount Baker, 106 Spruce Street, Wilson, North Carolina. Yes’um, I ‘longed ter Marse Henry Allen of Wilson County an’ we always raise terbacker. Marse Henry wus good ter us so we had a heap of prayer meetin’s an’ corn shuckin’s an’ such. I ‘members de big meetin’s dat we’d have in de summer time an’ dat good singin’ we’d have when we’d be singin’ de sinners through. We’d stay pretty nigh all night to make a sinner come through, an’ maybe de week atter de meetin’ he’d steal one of his marster’s hogs. Yes’um, I’se had a bad time. You know, missy, dar ain’t no use puttin’ faith in nobody, dey’d fool you ever time anyhow. I know once a patteroller tol’ me dat iffen I’d give him a belt I found dat he’d let me go by ter see my gal dat night, but when he kotch me dat night he whupped me. I tol’ Marse Henry on him too so Marse Henry takes de belt away from him an’ gives me a possum fer hit. Dat possum shore wus good too, baked in de ashes like I done it. I ain’t never hear Marse Henry cuss but once an’ dat wus de time dat some gentlemens come ter de house an’ sez dat dar am a war ‘twixt de north an’ de south. He sez den, ‘Let de damn yaller bellied Yankees come on an’ we’ll give ’em hell an’ sen’ dem a-hoppin’ back ter de north in a...

Robert Banks Anderson

1st Lt., Co. A, 28th Infantry, 1st Div. Born in Wilson County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Anderson. Entered the service May 15, 1917, at Wilson, N.C. Was sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., May 15, 1917. Sailed for France Oct. 8, 1917. Promoted to rank of First Lieutenant August 15, 1917. Fought at Cantigny. Was in America’s first attack. Killed at Cantigny May 29, 1918, buried in Grave 153, U S. Military Cemetery, Bonviller Oise, France. Received distinguished service cross. He was graduated from Trinity College in 1914. His three brothers were also in the...

Charlie B. Walton

Private 1st Class, M. T. C. No. 330, 330th Regt.; of Wilson County; son of Dr. C. B. and Mrs. Ora Walton. Husband of Mrs. Mattie Walton. Entered service Aug. 30, 1918, at Wilson, N.C. Sent to Camp Greene, N.C., transferred to Camp Jessup, Ga. On convoy service. Mustered out at Camp Jessup, Ga., April 21,...

W. E. Webb

1st Sergt., Co. K, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Wilson County; son of M. Frank and Mrs. Nannie Webb. Husband of Mrs. G. L. Webb. Entered service May 4, 1915, at Wilson, N.C. Sent to Camp Glenn, Morehead. Transferred to Camp Greene, then to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C., then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 11, 1918. Served on Mexican border seven months. Mustered out at Camp Jackson April 7,...

F. P. Waters

Landman E. R. (R), Navy; of Wilson County; son of K. and Mrs. Ella Waters. Husband of Mrs. Lillie Hinnant Waters. Entered service May 25, 1918, at Wilson, from Raleigh, N.C. Sent to Receiving Ship, Norfolk, Va. Transferred to Naval Oper. Base, Hampton Roads, Naval Radio School, Cambridge, Mass., then to Receiving Ship, Norfolk, Va. Mustered out at Norfolk, Va., March 10,...

Frank Williams

1st Class Private, Co. K, 30th Div., 119th Inf.; of Wilson County; son of C. and Mrs. P. Williams. Husband of Mrs. Beulah Denton Williams. Entered service March 7, 1917, at Goldsboro, N.C. Sent to Camp Greene, transferred to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C., then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 12, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Belgium, Aug. 31st; Bellicourt, France, Sept. 29th; Premont, France, Oct. 9th; Busigny, France, Oct. 10th; St. Souplet, France, Oct. 17, 1918; Hindenburg Line. Returned to USA April 2, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 7,...

Claude Williams

Bugler, Inf., Co. K, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Wilson County; son of G. F. and Mrs. E. L. Williams. Entered service March 4, 1916, at Wilson, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for St. Nazaire May 12, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Belgium, Aug. 31, 1918, to Sept. 1, 1918; Bellicourt, France, Sept. 29, 1918; Busigny, France, Oct. 9, 1918; St. Souplet Oct. 10, 1918; Hindenburg Line Sept. 29, 1918. Did duty on Mexican border from Oct. 1, 1916, to March 20, 1917. Sailed from Brest; arrived in USA April 2, 1919, at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 7,...

Benjamin Thomas

Private, 1st Class, 168th Inf., 42nd Div., Co. A. Born in Wilson County; son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Thomas. Entered the service August 7, 1918, at Bennettsville, S. C. Was sent to Camp Wadsworth, S. C., and from there to Camp Stuart, Va. Sailed for France Sept. 15, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne. Left the USA with 55th Pioneers, was then transferred to 83rd Div., then to 42nd Div. Returned to USA May 21, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., June 28,...

Theodore C. Tilghman

Major, 2nd Btn., 322nd Inf., 81st Div. Born in Wilson, N.C.; the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Tilghman. Husband of Mrs. Margaret Tilghman. Entered the service May 12, 1917, at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed to France July 30, 1918. Promoted to rank of Capt. Aug. 15, 1917, and to rank of Major July 8, 1918. Fought at Argonne. Received the French Cross of War March, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 26,...

Albert Mitchen Thompson

Corpl., Co. A, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Wilson County; son of J. E. and Mrs. J. E. Thompson. Entered service June 19, 1915, at Rocky Mount, N.C. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C., transferred to Camp Royster, to Camp Wadsworth, Camp Sevier, then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 12, 1918. Was in all engagements with his company. Served on Mexican border six months. Transferred to M. P. Feb. 2, 1919. With the Army of Occupation. Mustered out at Camp Dix, N. J., Sept. 29,...
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