Notes for Basil Charles MANLEY

Captain Manly's artillery battery listed. His unit, Battery A of the 1st North Carolina Artillery, participated in the Gettysburg Battle on July 2 and 3, 1863. His unit was organized within the following command structure:

Battery A ---- Capt. Basil Charles Manly
Battalion ----- Col. Henry C. Cabell
Brigade ------ Brig. Gen Paul J. Semmes
Division ------ Maj. Gen. LaFayette McLaw
1st Corps ---- Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C., Archivio del censimento negli Stati Uniti del 1880 fornito dalla Chiesa di Gesù Cristo dei Santi dell'ultimo giorno© Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Tutti i diritti riservati. Qualsiasi utilizzo è soggetto alla licenza d'uso limitato e ad altri termini e condizioni applicabili a questo sito. Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, ED 269, roll 984, page 314D, image 0748.1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • . Raleigh East Ward, Wake, North Carolina, post office , roll , page , image .. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. North Eastern Division, Wake, North Carolina, post office , roll , page , image .ies: M603, M754-M771, M773-M777, M779-M780, M782, M784, M787-M789, M791-M793, M795, M1631, M1775-M1776, T227, T1208-T1209. For complete NARA source information, please see the source section of the description below..us of the United States, 1840; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. , Wake, North Carolina, roll , page .

    Law Office Interior. Photo by Duane Hall

    Charles Manly was born in Chatham County in 1795, son of Basil Manly and Elizabeth Maultsby. After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1814 at the age of 19, he was hired as a tutor for the children of John Haywood of Raleigh. Manly also read law with Haywood and was admitted to the bar in 1816. In 1817 he married Haywood’s niece, Charity Hare Haywood, and settled in Raleigh.

    Manly photo courtesy of CCHAManly was elected reading clerk in the House of Commons in 1823 and was chief clerk for seventeen years. He also practiced law in Pittsboro, for soon after coming to the bar he was elected county attorney and must have traveled from Raleigh to discharge these duties, staying with his sister Louisa Thompson. Manly was elected Governor of North Carolina in 1848, serving one term.

    Manly was a devoted supporter of his alma mater, serving as secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina from 1821 until 1869, except for his years as governor. He died in 1871 and is buried in the City Cemetery in Raleigh.




    Governor Manly’s Law Office

    In 1842 Manly purchased land near what is now SunTrust Bank on Hillsboro Street, hiring local craftsman George Ellington to build a one-room structure that tradition holds is the same building now standing north of the Masonic Lodge in Pittsboro. Manly called his office “Fort Snug,” and it became a meeting place for area lawyers. He sold the property in 1857, and the building was eventually moved to the back of a lot on Salisbury Street owned by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blair.

    In 1966 the newly-formed historical society voted to accept the building from the owners, and toManly office being moved move and restore it as part of the county’s bi-centennial celebration, using furnishings loaned by Harvey Gunter, former Pittsboro resident and a benefactor of the Manly office. The structure has since been maintained by CCHA and serves as a small, but fine example of a nineteenth century office.

    The structure was repaired and repainted in 1995 under the direction of Wayne Kirts and in 2006 as an Eagle Scout project directed by Reid Montgomery. In 2007, with the aid of a generous grant by Harvey Gunter, the Manly Law Office was fitted with period-appropriate green shutters. Painstakingly painted by Jane Pyle and Nancy Photo by Jane PyleSimons, and installed by Doug Cordaro and Carl Bigness—all CCHA volunteers—the shutters give the office a more finished look. New curtains made by Judith Peterson complement the exterior improvements.

    As with all old structures, the Manly Office requires periodic maintenance and repairs. On the CCHA agenda for 2009 are plans to replace the “tin” roof of the structure with a cedar shake roof that is likely to more closely approximate the original. Also needed are repairs to rotting sills under both doors.

    The Manly Law Office is open for tours and by request to history@@chathamhistory.org.



    How you can help Jane Pyle and Harvey Gunter. Photo by Walter Harris

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    The Manly Law Office needs a steward—a docent-housekeeper to open the museum and be present on First Sundays and for tours, someone who would sweep and dust periodically; in short, a mother-hen. The Masons mow the grass but do not prune the boxwood or shrubbery or keep the weeds off the sidewalk.
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    A really dedicated volunteer could research nineteenth-century detached law offices and make plans for a more authentic restoration.
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    Donations to support the ongoing maintenance of the Manly Law Office and grounds are gratefully received.

    To volunteer write to us at history@@chathamhistory.org Contributions can be made at the museum or by mail sent to CCHA, PO Box 93, Pittsboro NC 27312.1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • . Raleigh East Ward, Wake, North Carolina, post office , roll , page , image .us of the United States, 1840; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. , Wake, North Carolina, roll , page .gin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition). c1910.f the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls.f the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls.d Genealogy Master Index. Detroit, MI, USA: Gale Research Company, 2008.
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