A muster roll from the Thomson Guards, a McDuffie County company that had been part of the 10th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers of the Confederate Army, has been found. This document apparently had been in a box at the Augusta Genealogical Society and seems to not have been opened for many years. The list of names is a human snapshot of local Confederate soldiers.
Other documents in the box include member applications for the now defunct Ida Evans Eve United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter in Thomson, which formed three decades after the Civil War. Also included are old UDC charters and scrapbooks of the group's activities during the early 1900s.
The Ida Evans Eve application records are interesting for genealogical reasons, but the records' age also places them a handshake away from history. Many applicants proved their heritage with letters from soldiers who had served with their relatives. The letters sometimes turned personal.
You can read more in an article by Carole Hawkins in the Augusta Chronicle at http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-10-26/confederate-records-found?v=1288079242