James Millar Coleman Letters, PC.7042


James Millar Coleman Letters, PC.7042


James Millar "Nemo" Coleman was an American soldier and First Lieutenant in World War I. The James Millar Coleman Letters consists of wartime correspondence between James and his family, as well as photographs and mementos from his time in the military and service in France during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

James Millar Coleman Letters
Call Number
Coleman, James Millar
1914 - 1919
0.900 cubic feet
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.7042 , James Millar Coleman Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC.

Collection Overview

The James Millar Coleman Letters chiefly consist of correspondence between Coleman, his mother, uncle, and siblings. Also included are letters from a few friends, and letters between Coleman's mother, Mary Jane Wiel Coleman and her brother, John Wiel.

Arrangement Note

The letters are arranged chronologically. The photo album and oversized material are housed separately.


James Millar Coleman was born in Chester, South Carolina in 1895 to John Kennedy Coleman and Mary Jane Wier Coleman. By 1900, he was living in the Montford section of Asheville, North Carolina, with his parents and six siblings. In 1913, Coleman enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he played varsity football and was a member of Kappa Sigma.

Coleman joined the army in 1917 and received his training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was commissioned a second lieutenant. During his time in World War I, Coleman served in France in Company E, 322nd Infantry, 81st Division. Coleman's regiment was stationed east of Verdun, France. He took over command on November 10, 1918 - one day before the end of the war - after the captain was killed.

After the war, Coleman resumed his studies the University of North Carolina, where he was the captain of the football team in 1919 as well as a member of the baseball team. In 1920, he earned his L.L. B. Following graduation, Coleman returned to Asheville and entered into a career in real estate. In 1922, he married Frances Florine Rowland and they had 4 daughters.

Coleman's civic and community involvement included serving as athletic director for Bingham Military School, head coach for Asheville School for Boys, chairman of the Municipal Board of Elections, and member of the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission. He died in 1983 and is buried at the Calvary Episcopal Cemetery in Fletcher.

Contents of the Collection

Box 1, 1914 - 1919
Box 2, 1917 - 1919
Box 3

Scope and Content:

Oversized material


Subject Headings

  • Coleman Family
  • Coleman, James Millar
  • Soldiers--Correspondence
  • World War, 1914-1918--Correspondence
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Verdun (France)
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    Processed by Kristen Walden Byrnes, February 2021