Six Sons Served and Six Survived

Blackledge Harper, my great-great-grandfather, was born on April 20, 1813. He was a farmer from Deep Run, North Carolina. His farm, in excess of a thousand acres, was worked primarily by family members, but when additional help was needed, he hired slaves from...

Killing Yankees in the Hog Pen

My great-great-grandfather, James B. Vause, served with the “Lenoir Braves.” He was captured at Hatteras Island and held as a prisoner of war at Fort Warren, Massachusetts, until his release in a prisoner exchange in 1862. His brother, Robert B. Vause, was...

Horseshoes in the Belfry

During the Civil War, Kinstonians began seeking places to hide their valuables. When Rev. JB Webb, the minister of the town’s local Methodist Church and owner of a local factory manufacturing goods for the Confederacy, heard that the Yankees were coming, he had...

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