Photograph of Confederate veterans and daughter

Taft Family Papers #784, East Carolina Manuscript Collection


Staff Person:  Dale Sauter


Today’s staff pick features an undated photograph (left to right) of Major Orren Randolph Smith, his daughter Jessica and John T. B. Hoover. Smith and Hoover were both Confederate veterans who fought in the Civil War.  On the back of the photograph a statement is written that Smith created the “Stars and Bars” (the first official flag of the Confederacy), and that his daughter verified this in the 1940s.  However, it is also believed that Nicola Marschall (a Prussian artist), inspired by the Austrian flag, first designed the Confederate flag.  There became much conflict between the descendants of the two individuals regarding who was the first to design the flag.  Nevertheless, Smith’s tombstone in Henderson, North Carolina bears the inscription “designer of the Stars and Bars”.

Tobacco Advertising in China

Source: James N. Joyner Papers (Manuscript Collection #429)

Staff Person: Lynette Lundin


James N. Joyner (1888-1972), attended the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1910. He was employed  by the British-American Tobacco Company (B.A.T.) in China from 1912 to 1935, returned to North Carolina to manage the family farm at LaGrange, and died at the age of 83.  His papers reveal many aspects of the operations of the B.A.T. Company and the social life during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

This is a photograph of a group of people advertising tobacco products during his time in China.

Silver Frosted Trees

Source: Wilbur Kenneth Bragg Collection, #1100.1.c

Description: Image of trees covered with frost taken around Christmastime, 1944 near an American Army camp named Camp Pinetree located in High Wycombe, England. This image was taken by Sgt. Wilbur Kenneth Bragg, a photographer in the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion, 8th U. S. Air Force who was stationed in England from Nov. 1942 to March 1946. The image is part of The Wilber Kenneth Bragg Collection, a collection that contains a number of photographs taken by Sgt. Bragg of wartime activities and places throughout Europe.