Location: Concord North Carolina

Slave Narrative of Dan Smith

Interviewer: W. W. Dixon Person Interviewed: Dan Smith Location: Winnsboro, South Carolina Place of Birth: Richland County SC Date of Birth: January 11, 1862 Age: 75 Occupation: Construction Dan Smith lives in one room, rent free, of a three-room frame house, the property of his son-in-law, Jim Cason. It is situated on the southeast corner of Garden and Palmer streets in the town of Winnsboro, S.C. He is tall, thin and toothless, with watery eyes and a pained expression of weariness on his face. He is slow and deliberate in movements. He still works, and has just finished a day’s work mixing mortar in the construction of a brick store building for Mr. Lauderdale. His boss says: ‘The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.’ There is nothing organically wrong with Dan but he appears, in human anatomy, as Doctor Holmes’s One Horse Shay must have looked the day before its final collapse. “You been here once befo’ and now here you is again. You say you wanna git additions? Well, I’s told you dat I was born in Richland County, a slave of Marse John Lever and on his plantation, January de 11th day, 1862, when de war was gwine on. How I know? ‘Cause my mammy and pappy told me so. They call my pappy Bob and my mammy Mary. Strange as it seem, my mistress...

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J. C. Austin

Cook, 15th Co., Infantry. Son of J. H. and M. M. Austin. Husband of L. A. Austin, of Rowan County. Entered service June 6, 1918, at Concord, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Was mustered out of service at Camp Sevier, S. C., November 30th,...

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H. L. Smith

2nd Lt., Aviation, 39th Aero Squadron. Enlisted May 10, 1917, at Ft. Thomas, Ky. Was sent to Kelly Field, Texas, and from there to Channette Field, Ill. Transferred to Rich Field, Texas, then to S. M. A., Austin, Texas, and to Taylor Field, Ala. From there to Carlstrom Field, Fla. Discharged there as 2nd Lt., Pursuit Pilot, March 26, 1919. Home address, Concord,...

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Charles Davis Porter

H. A. Enlisted June 7, 1918, in the Naval Reserve at Charlotte, N.C. Was sent to Hampton Roads, Va. Transferred to steamship New York on Oct. 25, 1918. In November transferred to U. S. S. Matsonia, transport, and sailed on Dec. 6, 1918, for Bordeaux. Returned Jan. 3, 1919. Released Jan. 15, 1919. Home address, Concord,...

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Fred J. Mills

Of Concord, enrolled May 23, 1918, in U. S. N. R. F. Called to active duty on above date at Hampton Roads, Va. Served six months on U. S. S. Mississippi as signal seaman. Transferred from the Mississippi to U. S. S. Levatha, making six trips across. Released from active service July 10,...

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Ada Estelle Harris

Of Concord, N.C., Cabarrus County. Entered the service at Camp Meade as Army Nurse, unattached. Joined Dr. Long’s Unit from Greensboro, N.C., and sailed for France Sept. 1, 1918, from New York. Landed at Liverpool, Eng. Then went to Havre, France, from there to Brest. Sailed over on Convoy Unit to Base Hospital No. 65–Debarkation Hospital for wounded soldiers to be sent back to the United States. Sailed for USA June 1, 1919. Arrived June 11, 1919. Discharged July 6, 1919, at New...

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Kenneth E. Caldwell

2nd Lt., 59th Inf. Entered the service at Concord, N.C. Was sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Commissioned as 2nd Lt. Nov. 22, 1917. Fought in the second battle of the Marne and St. Mihiel, Soissons, Vesle. Wounded twice by shrapnel and machine gun. Received the French Croix De Guerre. Promoted to 1st Lt. Was with Army of Occupation in Germany. Mustered out at Camp Dix, N. J., May, 1919. First service with 1st N.C. N....

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