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Charles W. Allison’s Marshal Ney Scrapbook, 1931-1956

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-063

Content Description

The Charles W. Allison’s Marshal Ney Scrapbook consists of one scrapbook dated 1931-1956. Materials within the scrapbook include photographs, newspaper clippings, history of Marshal Ney and the mystery surrounding him, correspondence, and articles. The bulk of the collection is dated c1950s.


  • 1931 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


1.66 Linear Feet

0.49 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Charles W. Allison was a Charlotte, North Carolina, resident who collected materials, spoke on, and assisted in erecting a plaque on the mausoleum of Peter Ney. Peter Stuart Ney lived in Rowan County, North Carolina, and was a teacher, first in Cheraw, South Carolina, and later a professor at Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina. On his deathbed in 1846, he proclaimed that he was actually Marshal Michel Ney, a French soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This was extremely controversial, as Marshal Ney was supposed to have been executed by firing squad in 1815. Many similarities existed between the two, however, and although Peter Ney’s body has been exhumed twice, no final verdict as to the validity of his claim has been determined.

This collection contains one scrapbook with materials in good condition dated 1931-1956.


This collection contains one scrapbook with the contents arranged in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Charles W. Allison, November 1956.

Related Materials

Blythe, LeGette. Marshall Ney, a Dual Life. New York: Stackpole Sons, 1937 (call number: NCR B NEY)

Ney, Mary K. The Marshal and the Myth: a Story of Marshal Michel Ney. Morgontown, PA: Masthof Press, 2001 (call number: NCR B NEY)

Smoot, J. Edward. Marshal Ney Before and After Execution; with Numerous Illustrations. Charlotte, NC: Queen City Printing Company, 1929 (call number: NCR B NEY)

Weston, James Augustus. Historic Doubts as to the Execution of Marshal Ney. New York: T. Whittaker, 1895 (call number: NCR B NEY)


Cazottes, Pascal. “Did Marshal Ney Die in America?”

Charles W. Allison’s Marshal Ney Scrapbook, 1931-1956. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll.

Charles W. Allison’s Marshal Ney Collection, 1931-1956
Sydney Carroll
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA