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Ransom Naylor, A Civil War Soldier

AUTHOR:  Durin Naylor Ransom Naylor A Civil War Soldier   By Durin Naylor The Year was 1840 when Ransom Naylor was born to Washington and Amy Naylor in the Mingo Township district of Sampson County, North Carolina. Ransom had 9 siblings, 4 brothers and 5 sisters....

“Glory, Glory, Glory”: The Story of Grandmother Norton

AUTHOR:  Dallas R Reese Jr. (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. (Psalms...

The Henry W. Jones Papers

SUBMITTED BY:  Joseph Beasley (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) Henry W. Jones was my four-times-great-grandfather, and he worked as a farmer, a magistrate, and a distiller at Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina. A record of his correspondence and other official...

George Lauder: Set in Stone

AUTHOR:  Daniel Whiting (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) On January 24, 1810, George Lauder was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. While reliable records have not been discovered to confirm who Lauder’s parents were, it is believed he was born to John L. and...

William and Martha Haney

AUTHOR:  Amelia R. Phillips (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) I am happy to share these stories and appreciate your willingness to help ensure that they aren't lost to time and poor memory. I am not accustomed to writing these stories down: They have always...

James Hamilton Thomas

SUBMITTED BY:  James C. Riddle (submission edited by Cheri Todd Molter) According to his compiled military record, Rockingham County native James Hamilton Thomas was eighteen years old when he enlisted in the Confederate Army on July 31, 1864 at Camp Holmes, Raleigh,...

An oral history of assumed desertion

AUTHOR:  Amelia R. Phillips (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) My great-great-great-grandfather was William "Wesley" Wakester [also spelled Wacaster in records]. I was a small child when the following story was recited to me: Wesley was musically inclined, so when he...

Great-granddaddy David Crockett Lunsford

AUTHOR:  Cathy Adcock Yancey (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My great-grandfather, David Crockett Lunsford, fought in the Civil War. On July 20, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private, serving in Company E of the 35th Infantry (N.C. Troops)....

Letters from a Confederate soldier

STORY AND SUBMITTED TRANSCRIPTIONS BY:  April Price Havens (edited by Cheri Todd Molter; modern transcriptions written by Cheri Todd Molter) Andrew Joseph “Joe” Price, my great-great-grandfather, was born August 1, 1837 in Union County, North Carolina. In 1862, Price...

A physical phenomenon: Hester “Hettie” Massey

AUTHOR:  Gloria Lackey Stokely (edited & vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) On May 5, 1813, Elizabeth “Betsy” Massey & Thomas Revis had a daughter named Hester "Hettie" Massey who was born without any limbs (no arms or legs). She was Betsy’s second child, but Thomas...

The Story Behind the Stone

AUTHOR:  Paul Peebles (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum at Fayetteville, North Carolina, has many monuments and memorial paver stones on its grounds. Each one has a story behind it, and one is of a hometown hero named...

John Wesley Houck, Company A, 26th NC Infantry

SUBMITTED BY:  Cynthia "C. C." Howell Winslow John Wesley Houck [Note: His obituary states his name as “John William Houck.”] was the son of Jacob Houck and Temperance "Tempy" Greer Tatum. He was my great-great-uncle. Born in 1845, he enlisted in the Confederate Army...

Samuel Anders Dowless’ Family Bible

SUBMITTED BY:  David Dowless, Jr. (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) Samuel Anders Dowless’ Bible still exists. Samuel and his wife, Sarah, lived in Bladen County, North Carolina, and Samuel fought for the Confederacy, serving in “Batty I” Company, N.C. 2nd Light...

The Recollections of Benjamin Franklin Hall, 1924

SUBMITTED BY:  Susan Quinn Sand (written by Benjamin Franklin Hall [1924]; edited by Cheri Todd Molter) Note from Susan Quinn Sand: According to my Family Tree Maker Software, Benjamin Franklin Hall was my 1st cousin 5 times removed. Our common ancestor is William...

Ransom McIntyre

AUTHOR:  Althea Womack (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My great-great-great-grandfather was Ransom McIntyre. Ransom was on my mother's side of the family and was originally from the Duncans Creek area of Rutherford County, North Carolina. During the Civil...

Fleming West and the N.C. 23rd, Co. I

SUBMITTED BY: Cynthia West Abbott (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My grandfather, Sidney Fleming West, and his brother remembered sitting at the feet of their grandfather, Charles Fleming West, while he entertained them with detailed stories of the battles...

James Madison Ragland

SUBMITTED BY:  Sam Cook (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My name is Sam Cook. My mother is a Ragland, and James Madison Ragland was my great-great-grandfather. The following story is based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr. He...

The History of Bennett College

AUTHOR:  JC Knowles (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) On July 23, 1873, a local newspaper announced the opening of a "Normal College for the education of colored teachers" in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school was founded through the motivation of newly...

Jack Sherrod – “A Man of First Class Standing”

AUTHOR:  Minnie Becton (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Introduction: This story, and its accompanying photographs, were excerpts from a blog post entry entitled “52 Ancestors: #10 - Jack Sherrod – ‘A Man of First Class Standing,’” written by Minnie Becton...

The War Experiences of Eliza Ann Triplet & William T. Land

AUTHOR:  Glenn Land (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Eliza Ann Triplet of Caldwell County, North Carolina, was married to a 3-times-removed-2nd-cousin of mine, William Taylor Land, the only son of Wilson Land and Rebecca Miller Land. While it seems most of my...

Interview with Lucille Ellington McManaway

AUTHOR:  Judy Stainback (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter; original copy transcribed by Carolina Echeverri) Editor’s Note: The following interviews are documented conversations of two white women of two different generations, Lucille Ellington McManaway and her...

Captain James M. Young

SUBMITTED BY:  Joe Young (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My ancestor, James Madison Young, was Captain of Company K, 11th N.C. Troops. On April 24, 1861, at the Smith-McDowell House in Buncombe County, twenty-fine-year-old Young mustered into Company E, known...

Claiming Love on the Road

AUTHOR:  Amy Elizabeth Loggins (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My Great-Great-Grandfather, Elbert Joshua Hartley, served in Company C of the 21st Virginia Cavalry. He enlisted on June 4, 1863 as a Private and served until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on...

The Confederate Canteen

SUBMITTED BY:  Anne Russell (written by Cheri Todd Molter; transcriptions of a Photograph’s Contents by Caitlyn Keplinger and Cheri Todd Molter) One of the attached photographs depicts an artistic portrait of the canteen that belonged to Edward Wooten/Wootten during...

A Look at Education during the Reconstruction Years

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) In my personal library, I have a book titled Public School Education in North Carolina, which was originally published in 1916. The book was written by Edgar W. Knight, and in it, he discusses the...

Troy Kivett’s Story

SUBMITTED BY:  Lisa Kelly (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Troy Kivett was the youngest of the children born to John A. and Mary Wellborn Kivett of Randolph County, North Carolina. On June 10, 1861, Troy enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private. He...

Calvin McAdams: A Confederate Soldier from Alamance County

SUBMITTED BY:  Jan King (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My great-great-grandfather was Robert McAdams; his brother, Calvin, died in 1862 at Richmond but from disease rather than from being killed in action. According to his compiled military record, Calvin...

Mary Susan McCubbins

AUTHOR:  Teresa Leake (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The Civil War was a tragic time in our history, no matter what side you were on: Families were uprooted, children were orphaned, and stability—both family stability and economic stability—was lost. My...

Willie Daniel: A Union Man from Wilson County

SUBMITTED BY:  Hinson Peed Willie Daniel (click image to enlarge) Mr. Daniel's obituary, clipped from The Wilson Advance (Wilson, North Carolina, Sept. 30, 1897) is at this link >> 1596122787-In_Memorium_to_Willie_Daniel    

The Laughter Family Legacy of Service

SUBMITTED BY:  Hinson Peed (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) About 1783, John Langford Laughter was born to John Laughter and Mary Langford Laughter of Warren County. John Laughter was among the first generation of that English family born in the colonies, and...

Noah Wyrick’s Civil War Experience

SUBMITTED BY:  Rick Pardue (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The Wyrick family's name was at first spelled “Wirick.” [Both spellings appear in historical records.] It’s a German name that was changed over time; German engravings are present on some of the old...

Sheriff George Lee Phillips of Ashe County, North Carolina

AUTHOR:  Shannon Burton (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Lee Phillips, born on June 17, 1805, was swept off his horse while attempting to cross the Yadkin River while it was flooding. Phillips was the Sheriff of...

William N. Rose Jr.’s Civil War Story

SUBMITTED BY: Cara Barker Hadfield (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) My 3rd great-grandfather was William Nicholas Rose Jr. His great-grandmother was Ms. Lucy Harper and his great-grandfather was Benjamin Rose, of Virginia: They moved to the Falling Creek area...

A Tale of Two Brothers

SUBMITTED BY:  Joseph R. Suggs (Originally posted July 27, 2016; corrections made July 17, 2020) Lewis Osborn Sugg was born September 6, 1845 in Randolf County, and he was the son of Merritt A. Sugg and Tempy Spinks Sugg. The family story maintains that Lewis’s...

Joseph and Delia Russell Youngblood’s War Stories

SUBMITTED BY:  Joanne Wickman Farris (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Editor’s Note: The following story is based on information contained in Terrell T. Garren’s historical fiction novel, The Secret of War: A Dramatic History of Civil War Crime in Western...

Samuel Anders Dowless’ Civil War Story

SUBMITTED BY:  David W. Dowless Jr. (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter; letter transcribed by Carl E. Dowless [1981]) Samuel, Elisha, and John Dowless were brothers from Bladen County, North Carolina who all fought for the Confederacy. According to their military...

My Family History: Alexander Lowery (1831-1862)

AUTHOR:  Melanie Forbes Cook (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The following is an excerpt from a blog entry, which was originally published at https://familyhistory4u.blogspot.com/2013/02/alexander-lowery-1831-1862.html?m=1: My Family History: Alexander Lowery...

A Simple Tombstone

AUTHOR:  Jeff T Giambrone (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Over the years, I have visited cemeteries in many different states, and I have to say that I have enjoyed these trips immensely. For a historian such as myself, visiting a cemetery is like opening a...

A Confederate Chaplain: Adolphus W. Mangum (1834 – 1890)

SUBMITTED BY:  Geri Irwin (written by Cheri Todd Molter) The attachment is the scan of a page from The Mangums of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Utah, and Adjoining States, by John T. Palmer, PhD...

Hiram Hamilton Hartley

AUTHOR:  Linda H. Barnette (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Hiram Hamilton Hartley, known as H. H. or “Hi” to friends and family, was my great-great-grandfather. Born in Davidson County, N. C. in 1839, Hartley was a plantation owner who had inherited his...

Lt. Colonel James Land & The Deserter

AUTHOR:  Glenn Land (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) In the past, I submitted a poem written by my 1st cousin 4 times removed, Confederate Lieutenant Thomas Charles Land, who served in the 1st & 53rd N.C. Infantry Regiments. [That story is titled “Return...

June 8 2020 Statement by the Board of Directors

It is with great sadness for the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—and for where we are as a state and as a nation—that we at the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center issue this statement. The unjust and...

C.S.A. Captain John Tillinghast Taylor (1834—June 27, 1862)

AUTHOR:  Robert Taylor (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Born in Granville County, N.C., John Tillinghast Taylor was a son of John Camillus Taylor and Emily Elizabeth Tillinghast. His mother had been born in Cumberland County, N.C., to Paris Jenckes Tillinghast...

An Orange County Family during the Civil War

AUTHOR:  Ruth C. Couch (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Both my husband and I have Orange County, North Carolina, Couch family roots. I had always heard that my great-great-grandfather had fought in the Civil War and died without seeing his twin sons—my...

Nathan Bradshaw: A Soldier of the Overland Trail

SUBMITTED BY:  K. Jeffery Torgler (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) This is an outline of research results—census records, military records, etc.—that tell the story of the life of Nathan Bradshaw. We were compiling this information to track down the grave...

Thomas Warren “Capt. Plunk” Shearin

SUBMITTED BY:  Jean Finch Inscoe (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Thomas Warren Shearin was born on April 24, 1832 to his parents Seth and Mary “Polly” Pike Shearin of Warren County, North Carolina. As an adult, Thomas married Susan D. Myrick and the couple...

Doctor Parks Turner Beeman of Peachland, North Carolina

SUBMITTED BY:  Steve Bailey (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Editor’s Note: Born on Dec. 4, 1833 in Anson County, Dr. Parks Turner Beeman was a pacifist who was opposed to the Civil War. During the war years, Beeman was arrested for making a derogatory remark...

Granny Harriet

AUTHOR:  Beverly Levi-Parker (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) I’ve been chasing my Western North Carolina ancestors for over 40 years, and thankfully, I’ve “met” most of them. I know stories of some of their hardships and their victories. I know most of their descendants...

“The Fidelity of Lewis” by Mrs. Cornelia Worth French

SUBMITTED BY:  Frances Cullom Morgan (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) Note from Frances Cullom Morgan: Cornelia Murphey Worth French was the daughter of Barzillai Gardner Worth and Mary Elizabeth Jessie Carter. (Editor’s Note: The author of the following story, Cornelia...

Emeline Jamison Pigott: A Confederate Heroine

SUBMITTED BY: JC Knowles (written by Cheri Todd Molter) (Click photo above to enlarge) Emeline Jamison Pigott was the daughter of Levi Whitehurst and Eliza Dennis Pigott of Carteret County, North Carolina. She was born on December 15, 1836, and her father died when...

A Tale of Two Brothers: Their Civil War Experiences

SUBMITTED BY: Jean Finch Inscoe (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The following men were some of my ancestors who served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Ewell Taylor Green and William Alexandria Green were brothers who were born in Virginia but moved...

My Finch Ancestors Who Served in the Confederate Army

SUBMITTED BY:  Jean Finch Inscoe (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) William Finch William S. Finch was born on June 1, 1834. He resided in Granville County, but enlisted in Wake County, N.C., as a Private in the Confederate Army on July 8, 1862. He served in...

Lt. Lal White’s Letter to his Father: October 7, 1863

SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton (researched and written by Cheri Todd Molter; transcribed by Caitlin Crenshaw & Cheri Todd Molter) Lt. Lal White’s Letter to his Father: October 7, 1863 Lallister M. White, or “Lal”, was born in Sampson County, North Carolina. He...

History Village Progress!

The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is making great progress on Phase I's "History Village"! In the architect's birds-eye drawing above (click to enlarge), you can see the Village in the lower left as well as Phase II's Picnic Pavilion and...

The Burning of Winton in 1862

SUBMITTED BY:  Elizabeth Jones Thomas Parramore, “The Burning of Winton,” North Carolina Historical Review (Winter 1962): 18-31. Dr. Thomas Custis Parramore grew up in Winton and was a Raleigh historian, author, lecturer and Meredith College history professor...

Watson L. Daniel of Hertford County Votes against Secession

SUBMITTED BY:  Elizabeth Jones (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The following is an excerpt from The Secession Movement in North Carolina, which was written by Dr. Joseph Carlyle Sitterson and published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1939: “The...

My four Civil War ancestors

SUBMITTED BY:  JD Mayo (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Photo of Charity Rose Womble. Click photo to enlarge. I have four ancestors who joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War. My great grandmother’s mom was Cherry Rose Robbins Sears (1867-1939). Her...

Lt. Lal White’s Letter Home: May 25, 1863

SUBMITTED BY: Sandra White Hinton (transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter and Caitlin Crenshaw) Note from Sandra: Here are Lal's letters. Please do upload them. His handwriting is so neat! All the Whites were educated, and they were all Masons, as well. Uploads here:...

Lt. Lal White’s Letter Home: July 19, 1863

SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton (transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter and Caitlin Crenshaw) (Note from Sandra: "Here are Lal's letters. Please do upload them. His handwriting is so neat! All the Whites were educated, and they were all Masons, as well.") Lallister M....

Ann Eliza Brown White (1838 – 1927)

SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Here is a picture of Ann Eliza Brown White (1838-1927). She was born in Sampson County, North Carolina, on Aug. 8, 1838. Ann married Murdoch White and was Lt. Lal White’s sister-in-law (some...

Lt. Lal White’s Letter Home: August 20, 1863

SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton (transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter and Caitlin Crenshaw) August_20_1863 Lal and James White and August_20_1863_backside (click on links at left to view PDFs of letter) (Note from Sandra White: "Here are Lal's letters. Please do upload...

From Enslaved to Landowner: The Story of James H. Woodard

SUBMITTED BY: Dr. Algeania W. Freeman (researched and written by Cheri Todd Molter) The Woodard story is also told in “Black River” (a historical fiction novella written by Algeania W. Freeman, PhD). Much of this story is based on the oral history passed down through...

The Proffit Brothers of Wilkes County, North Carolina

SUBMITTED BY: Glenn Land (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) (click photo to enlarge) A family connected to my ancestors in Wilkes County, N.C., by marriage, was that of William Proffit (Proffitt, Prophet) and Mary Walsh Proffit. Their daughter, Rhoda, was...

Woodrow Wilson at Davidson College

AUTHOR: JC Knowles (edited by Cheri Todd Molter; vetted by Daniel Whiting and Cheri Todd Molter) In 1873, a sixteen-year-old lad entered Davidson College, a Presbyterian liberal arts college in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. At Davidson he was known as Thomas...

Catherine Sweet Babington: The Only Woman Master Mason

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Along with many other “firsts” to its credit, North Carolina can claim to be the state that the first woman Master Mason in the history of the craft—from King Solomon's Temple to the present day—called...

Finding Brothers William and Levi Monroe

SUBMITTED BY:  Rick Monroe (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) I've known for quite a while my great-great uncles, William Johnson Monroe and Levi Deaton Monroe, were both killed during the battles for Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. A number of times,...

Long Way Home

SUBMITTED BY:  Alan Ashworth (vetted by Cheri Molter) My Great-grandfather John Calvin McFadyen served the Confederate Army in Co E, 38th NCT—the Richmond County Boys. A copy of their unit song is in Rankin Museum in Ellerbe, NC. John's unit was guarding the Southside...

My Civil War Great-Great-Uncle James D. Ellington

SUBMITTED BY: Judy Ellington Stainback; Letters Transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter, Caitlin Crenshaw, Carolina Echeverri, and Daniel Whiting A note from Judy Ellington Stainback: I grew up on a 300-plus-acre tobacco farm in Drewry, Warren County, North Carolina. Part of...

The Winton-Triangle: A Mixed-Race Community’s Civil War

SUBMITTED BY:  Marvin T. Jones (vetted by Cheri Molter) The Winton Triangle is a community of land-owning people of color in the Winton-Cofield-Ahoskie area of Hertford County, North Carolina. Originally inhabited by the Chowanoke people, the first landowners of color...

An Excerpt from Elliot Daingerfield’s Autobiography

SUBMITTED BY:  Linda S. Anderson and Julie Dulaney Elliot Daingerfield was born on March 26, 1859 in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). His parents were Captain John Elliot Parker Daingerfield and Mathilda Wickham De Brua Daingerfield. The family relocated...

Wilmington’s Confederate General William MacRae

SUBMITTED BY:  Hugh MacRae II (written by Susan Block, edited by Cheri Todd Molter) (Click image to enlarge) William MacRae was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on the ninth of September, 1834. He was the…son of Alexander MacRae, president of the Wilmington and...

The Messer boys survive the war

SUBMITTED BY:  Glenn L. Taylor (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Two brothers from Haywood County, William and Lawson Messer, decided to join the Confederate Army together. They served in Co E, 29th Infantry, N.C. Troops. William, or Bill, was thirteen years...

The Freedmen’s Bureau Record and Clara Lennon Ashley

SUBMITTED BY:  Stephen Pope (transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter) The following is a transcription of the document in the attached photograph (click to enlarge): Office Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands … for Robeson County Lumberton Sept 2nd 1865 This...

Solomon Keyes’ life during and after the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY: Lee Keyes VETTED BY:  Cheri Todd Molter Solomon Keyes (also spelled Kees and Keys) (b. 8/31/1836 on Stony Fork, Wilkes County, d. 1/02/1929 in Caldwell County) enlisted on 9/15/1862 at Camp Holmes, near Raleigh, NC. He became part of Company C 26th North...

A grandmother’s recipe for washing clothes

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles The following is a recipe for washing clothes, handed down from a grandmother in North Carolina to her granddaughter, who was a new bride. It was found in an old scrapbook and is an exact copy as written—with spelling errors and all: WARSHING...

More Civil War Soldiers

SUBMITTED BY:  Linda H. Barnette (vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) As both a genealogist and a member and supporter of the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center, I decided to try to find out how many of my 8 great-great-grandfathers actually fought...

Love in the midst of war

AUTHOR:  Roy Ledbetter Out of my 8 great great Grandfathers, 7 of them fought under the Bonnie Blue Flag, they were all from Western NC. One of my maternal Great Great Grandfathers fought in the Shenandoah Valley with Jackson. He was wounded at the Battle of Port...

The Obituary of Sergeant Clark Allen

SUBMITTED BY:  Eddie Hinson I found this obituary for Clark Allen in the personal effects of my Aunt Ethel Hinson. It was passed down from Larkin Allen, a brother of Clark’s and my 2nd Great-grandfather. Clark’s Civil War headstone is in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church...

A. W. and Delilah Hughes Bryant

SUBMITTED BY:  Andrew Bryant, Jr. RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN BY:  Cheri Molter Delilah G. Hughes Bryant was born on October 24, 1888 in Cumberland County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Sallie McMillan Hughes and James Hughes. She had two siblings: Armetta and...

Hamilton Chamberlain Jones, Jr.: He Made a Difference

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles Hamilton Chamberlain Jones was born on November 3, 1837 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He received his education at the Ben Sumner School in Rowan County. He studied law at the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1858. When he...

The Nott Family in Fayetteville

SUBMITTED BY:  Caitlin Crenshaw Elizabeth Gaylord, the daughter of Samuel Gaylord and Azubah Atkins, was born in Middletown, Connecticut on January 6, 1791 (Middletown Upper Houses Genealogical Book). In April 1809, Elizabeth married William Nott; William Nott was...

That Story and Dear John

SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra White Hinton Lyman Abbott White, my grandfather, was well known around Salemburg and Roseboro as a great storyteller. When I was a little girl, he would set me on his knee and tell me about Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox. I loved my grandfather's...

Public Hearings and Meetings

The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is not something we just dreamed up last year and decided to build. In fact, we have held numerous public hearings and meetings with public officials, etc. Click the links below to download a list of the...

Questions and Answers

  You've got questions. We've got answers... Q.We don’t like the name A: Change it. The N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center was chosen by the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center Foundation to refer to the proposed facility and...

Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles Lawrence O’Bryan Branch was born at Enfield, North Carolina on November 28, 1820. When he was five years old, his mother died. After her death, he and his father moved to Tennessee where his father then died in 1827. Following his father’s...

Tom Baggett’s life after the War

AUTHOR:  Penny Beasley I have a love of history and have retraced some of my great-great-grandfather’s, James Tom Baggett’s, steps across the battlefield (See story titled “Tom Baggett and the Grey Patch!”). His post war life is fascinating as well… My grandparents...

George MacKinnon “Mack” Wilson

AUTHOR:  James Paris George MacKinnon “Mack” Wilson was seventeen years old and a resident of Cabarrus County, North Carolina when he enlisted in the Confederate Army on July 4, 1862. He was a private in Company H of the 57th Infantry, North Carolina. His father, John...

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  • June 8 2020 Statement by the Board of Directors

    It is with great sadness for the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—and for where we are as a state and as a nation—that we at the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center issue this statement. The unjust and violent ways that these …Read More »
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  • Public Hearings and Meetings

    The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is not something we just dreamed up last year and decided to build. In fact, we have held numerous public hearings and meetings with public officials, etc. Click the links below to download a list of the public hearings, as well as a …Read More »

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