Our State – Our Stories

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...

John Newton Wilson, Sr.

AUTHOR:  James Paris A forty-seven-year-old resident of Union County, NC, John Newton Wilson Sr. enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army on July 4, 1862 in Rowan County. He served in Company H of the 57th Infantry, North Carolina alongside his son, George...

Forefathers who Fought and a Foremother’s Opinion

AUTHOR:  James Paris I had 3 forefathers and 3 uncles in the same 57th Regiment of North Carolina. John and George Wilson were father and son. One of my uncles was James Clonts… Now George was not even married yet because he was only seventeen years old. He served in...

William Gaston Lewis: He Made a Difference

AUTHOR:  JC Knowles It is said that Lewis was the last Confederate officer wounded during the Civil War and that he laid on the battlefield as dead. However, some soldiers saw him and took him to safety. He survived the war. William Lewis Gaston was born in Rocky...

Ten Days of Hell: Sherman’s Army in North Carolina

SUBMITTED BY: Joel Rose WRITTEN BY: Jerome Tew “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.” - William T. Sherman The Ohio State Journal reported General Sherman's “War is Hell” speech on August 12, 1880. By that date he...

David Jesse Farthing

SUBMITTED BY: Ben Setser David Jesse Farthing, older brother of my great grandfather James King Farthing, enlisted in Company A, North Carolina 6th Cavalry Regiment on 1 Oct 1864. His brother James also joined the 6th Cavalry three months later on Dec 24, 1964. After...

Fessenden’s Radio Experiments

SUBMITTED BY: JC Knowles In 1901 and 1902, the man some consider "America's Greatest Radio Pioneer," Reginald Fessenden, was conducting successful experiments on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. As a young man Reginald Fessenden secured a job as assistant tester at...

Zerald Crowder: A Stone Cutter and Confederate Soldier

SUBMITTED BY: Judy E. Stainback - Written by Joyce L. Granger Zerald Crowder was born about 1818 in Petersburg, Virginia but lived in Warren County, North Carolina for the later part of his life. His name was recorded in a variety of different ways: Zerald (the most...

Anne “Annie” Carter Lee (1839-1862)

SUBMITTED BY: Judy E. Stainback Mary Ann Randolph Custis Lee (Mrs. Robert E. Lee) and her daughters, Mildred, Agnes, and Anne Carter, were guests at the White Sulphur Springs in Warren County, North Carolina in the late summer of 1862. In October of 1862, Anne “Annie”...

The Daguerrotype

AUTHOR: Linda H. Barnette It all began many years ago when my grandmother, Blanche Dwiggins Smith, gave me a daguerreotype of one of her ancestors who was killed in the Civil War. I wish I had asked her more about it, but being young and busy earning a living, I did...

Elizabeth G. Nott: A Woman of Fayetteville, NC

SUBMITTED BY: Jadaea Mills During the 1820s, Elizabeth G. Nott and her family lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Elizabeth was the daughter of Elizabeth Nott and William Nott, Sr. and born in 1810. She also had a younger sister named Margaret A. Nott. Elizabeth...

Civil War Story of Rutha and Skilton Dennis

SUBMITTED BY: Robert Barwick Pitt County Genealogical Quarterly PCGQ February 9, 2001 "Recites Heroic Incidents of the Civil War Days Daily Reflector, Jan. 4, 1941 An incident of the Civil war in which a Pitt county woman played the part of a heroine in an improvised...

Person County Farmer

SUBMITTED BY: Garland Allen Bartlett Yancey Allen reported to Weldon, NC on June 6, 1861 and joined The Confederate States of America’s 24th Regiment (North Carolina), serving in Company H. Private Allen fought in seventeen battles of the Civil War. In one battle, he...

A Letter from Thomas McDaniel

SUBMITTED BY: Sherry Winebarger-Reeter This letter was written by my great-great grandfather, Thomas McDaniel: October the 12 1864 Deer wife I set my self to rite you a few lians [lines] to let you no that I am well as comon [common] at this time hoping when thes[e]...

Julia Telfair Small’s “A Leaf from the Old South”

SUBMITTED BY: Pam Berry Here is a story written by my great-grandmother, Julia Telfair Small. Julia was the daughter of Alexander Freeland Telfair and the great niece of Edward Telfair, the governor of Georgia. Julia’s father was a doctor in Smithfield and her...

A Confederate Soldier: William M. Stroup

AUTHORS: Mike Stroupe and Sid Stroup Private William M. Stroup was residing in Gaston County, NC at time of his enlistment into Company H of the 37th Infantry (North Carolina). He was conscripted in the CSA for a period of 3 years by J. C. McRae of Statesville in...

Former NC Governor Jim Hunt on WIDU

An interview today with Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. asking for the community’s support for creation of the Civil War & Reconstruction History Center in Fayetteville.  Click below to...

NCCWRHC receives $6.5 million painting…

N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center receives $6.5 million painting, completes local funding requirement for $5 million state appropriation For immediate release: June 4, 2019 (For a video of the painting donated to the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction...

Dark Days of the War

AUTHORS: Joel Warrick Rose On June 19, 1879, General William T. Sherman gave an address to the graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy in which he used the often-quoted phrase “war is hell.” It is probably the most memorable statement that was ever...

Hiram Hamilton Hartley’s Civil War Experiences

AUTHOR: Linda H. Barnette My great-great-grandfather, Hiram Hamilton Hartley, was a plantation owner in Davidson County, North Carolina, at the beginning of the Civil War. Obviously, he felt strongly about the Confederate cause and enlisted in Wake County on July 15,...

Memories of the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY: Katy F. Sigmon My name is Katy Louise Frye Sigmon. I am almost 93 years old. I was born and raised on this farm. The log house stood until December 1918 but burned to the ground then. As a child I knew where the brick oven stood, where the foundation of...

Esther Bullard’s horse: A Civil War mystery

SUBMITTED BY: Joel W. Rose, written by Stephen Lee (Photograph above by Joel Rose of the Bullard farm house, located on Carry Bridge Road in the Hayne community of Sampson County, NC.) Generations of descendants of Thomas Bullard (1812-1878) have heard the story of a...

The Civil War comes to Sampson County

SUBMITTED BY: Joel W. Rose By E.M. Bullard (1880-1959)Early in March of 1865 one division of Sherman’s Army, composed largely of Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio troops, broke camp at Blockersville (now Stedman) and began their march through Sampson County. A troop of...

From the family of Confederate soldier Joseph Boon Herring

SUBMITTED BY: Joel W. Rose According to The Family of Confederate Soldier Joseph Boon Herring, written by Ronald A Herring, "Joseph Boon Herring went by the name Boon Herring most of his life and it is believed that he was named for his Great Grandmother, Esther...

Surviving Sherman

SUBMITTED BY: Joel W. Rose Penny Alderman was a young farm wife in antebellum North Carolina. Her husband, Reverend Amariah B. Alderman, was a Baptist minister who served many churches from the south end of Sampson county. Written in 1854, her diary records Penny’s...

My Civil War Ancestors

AUTHOR: Wanda Morrison Tillotson Basically, this is my story: I grew up just down the road alongside all my maternal relatives. My Jackson line, including my 3rd Great Grandfather, Lewis/Louis Jackson, his first three sons—John Calvin, Edmund Coleman and William...

Large wooden canteen brought home by a New York Civil War veteran

SUBMITTED BY: Robert Jones This would be considered a “Wagon” or “Surgeon’s” canteen because of its larger size. It has a diameter of 10 ½” x 6” deep and stamped on one side of the canteen is “N C”, for North Carolina. It has a raised “bung” and tightly lapped wooden...

Silas M. Stroup of Buncombe County

SUBMITTED BY: Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe In September of 1864, Silas M. Stroup, the son of David Rufus Stroup and the grandson of Joseph Stroup, enlisted at the age of 18 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. He was reported on a Bounty Roll in the same county in...

Lt. Franklin Murphy’s North Carolina Civil War Experiences

SUBMITTED BY: Alfred Ferguson The following is an excerpt from a book that includes the letters written by my great-grandfather Lt. Franklin Murphy. He helped demolish the Fayetteville Arsenal. An excerpt from Bernard A. Olsen’s (2000) A Billy Yank Governor, the Life...

Randy Taylor

AUTHOR: Brenda Farthing Cooter My great-great-grandfather Randy Taylor fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was born about 1832 and was the son of John Taylor and Rebecca Clark. He married Rebecca Moody, and their daughter was Lelia Taylor, my...

Evander N. Robeson and the Bladen Guards

SUBMITTED BY: Mrs. Hoyt Randall The following is an excerpt from The Bladen Journal, written by Mrs. Carl Campbell and dated Thursday, December 7, 1961: “Evander N. Robeson volunteered under Captain Tate on April 26th, 1861 in Elizabethtown, when the “Bladen Guards”...

John Ward, a carpenter from Watauga County

AUTHOR: Terry Harmon This ambrotype of John Ward dates between 1861 and 1862. Born circa 1831, he was a carpenter from the Sugar Grove/Cove Creek section of Watauga County. He enlisted as a Corporal in Co. E, 37th Regiment, NC Infantry, Confederate Army on September...

“Reconstruction of Our County”

SUBMITTED BY: Judith O'Connor Excerpt from a book written by the late Hattie Caldwell Davis, titled "Civil War Letters and Memories from the Great Smokey Mountains." Copyright 1999 Hattie C. Davis, Second Edition. In the late spring and summer of 1865 our soldiers...

Civil War Grandfather

Submitted by: Jeanie Lewis Parker My grandmother Lizzie Franklin told me lots of stories when I was growing up in Madison County NC. One of which was of her grandfather William "Bill” Gentry. Now we all know that NC was divided in their loyalties to the south in the...

William Burton “Burt” Joyner

AUTHOR:  James Marshall Joyner (Click image to enlarge) In 1838, Hilliard and Penninah (spelled “Penina” in some records) Johnston Joyner had a son, William Burton “Burt” Joyner. Burt and his parents resided in the eastern portion of Nash County, which became Wilson...

Philip R. Stroup, 1831-1862

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe At the age of 31, on July 4, 1862, Philip R. Stroup enlisted in the Confederate Army at Lincolnton, Lincoln County. He was a Private in Company G of the 57th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). Shortly after his enlistment, on...

William Cicero and Rebecca Miller Taylor’s Family Bible

SUBMITTED BY:  Barbara Taylor **About the Picture (click to enlarge): William Cicero Taylor and Rebecca Miller Taylor’s family, taken about 1910/1911 in Peak Creek, North Carolina before they moved to Virginia. The family members are: Back row (left to right): Charles...

Ben Casey, 3rd NC Heavy Artillery

AUTHOR:  William Smith My Great-Grandfather, Ben Casey, served in the 3rd NC Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. He was from Indian Springs, NC in Wayne County. He enlisted in 1862 and was stationed at Southport, NC where he served as a boatman - one of a crew that...

Sherman’s Cavalry

AUTHOR:  Michael Williams My family still resides on the farm that has been in our family since the 1700s. Near the end of the Civil War, family lore has it that Sherman's cavalry camped on the farm and in anticipation of its arrival, g-g-grandfather had ledges dug...

A soldier froze in a swamp, making his way home

AUTHOR:  Phil Powell My father used to tell me a story about a family member who fought in the Civil War and died while making his way home by freezing to death in the swamp. I always thought the mystery soldier was from the Phillips side of the Powell family, but...

A branch from the Foushee family tree

SUBMITTED BY:  Brenda Oakes Much has been written about the elusive but intriguing mystery surrounding the parentage of Adnah Campbell Foushee, who was born March 5, 1801, presumably near Bushy Fork near the Double Creek in Person County, NC. Speculation points to two...

December 2018 Newsletter

Dear History Center Friend and Supporter: We have a lot to tell you about our 2018 progress! Please click on the title above and then the link that follows this sentence to read our most recent update:  December 2018...

Moses S. Stroup, 1839-1910

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe On June 5, 1861, Moses S. Stroup was a twenty-one-year-old farmer, living in Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, who decided to enlist in the same county he was living in. He was a private in Company K and Company L of the...

Benjamin Franklin Ringgold

SUBMITTED BY:  Joel Stegall Benjamin Franklin Ringgold is the earliest Ringgold I can positively identify as an ancestor. Most of what I know about him is from his biography written by his daughter-in-law, my Grandmother Jemima Page Ringgold, my mother’s mother....

Captured on April 8, 1865: John Marshall Stroup

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe On November 9, 1861, John Marshall Stroup, at only seventeen years old, volunteered with the CSA in Buncombe County. The son of Joseph P. Stroup and born in 1844, John was described as having a dark complexion, dark hair, and...

From Oxfordshire to North Carolina, a journey of discovery

AUTHOR:  Malcolm Peter Hoare Richard McDowell Hord, son of John and Sarah Hord was born 22 November 1833 in Rutherford, North Carolina. Richard was a master carpenter, Justice of the Peace, farmer and veteran of the Confederacy. Richard was married three times and had...

Richmond County, NC during the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY:  Steve Bailey Civil War skirmish: Union troops overrun Confederates in Rockingham July 29, 2015 Richmond County Daily Journal First Posted: 2/28/2015 It was 150 years ago on March 7, 1865, that Union Army troops came charging down Sandhill Road (which is...

Winnie Aldridge Suggs: Personal Experience of the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY:  Linda Lancaster Harmon MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF WAR By Mrs. Winnie Suggs SOURCE: Wilson Daily Times 3 February 1914 I was a mere schoolgirl when Schofield's army came through this part of the country at the close of the war, but I was well grown and I...

John E. Stroup: A Soldier at 16

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe John E. Stroup was born in 1845 and the son of David Rufus Stroup. According to the 1860 Census, John lived in Jackson County, N.C. On August 31, 1861, sixteen-year-old John Stroup enlisted as a Private in Company F, 29th Infantry...

Thomas Wooten Hill

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon Thomas Hill entered in to the Civil War conflict on 13 MAY 1861 Fighting was hard and he died at Chancellorsville, Virginia on Mar 5, 1863. Born Oct 5, 1830

Parrot Nathan Hill

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon Parrot Hill was a member of a local militia called Griswold's Company and he was a private in the 66th NC regiment Company I. He was captured in March of 1865 perhaps at Bentonville where he shows up as a prisoner of war. No other...

Joshua Mewborn, the Fireside Preacher

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon Joshua was a Civil War Veteran. He was in the 40th Regiment Artillery. He served as a Deacon of Mewborn Church for 40 years (on gravestone). He was called, "The Fireside Preacher". He had three brothers who were preachers: George,...

Mary Edmundson Aldridge: A Woman of Courage

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon Mary had blonde hair and is described as being "very queenly" and "an unusual woman who could make more money than nine-tenths of the men." (Heritage Book of Wayne County) This was an incredible woman of courage who left her home three...

John Henry Suggs played for Stonewall Jackson

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon John Suggs' elder brother Joshua Franklin Suggs belonged to the North Carolina Volunteer Troops. Before Confederate Volunteers were called for, these troops were ordered below New Bern to safeguard the coast. Joshua had just been...

Lockett Ringold (1828-1862)

AUTHOR:  Marc Francis Roddin Lockett resided in Pitt County, North Carolina, and engaged in farming. His older son James was a teenager at the time that the Civil War broke out, so James enlisted. After ten months of service, James was discharged. With the son safely...

James Ringgold (1844-1914)

AUTHOR:  Marc Francis Roddin James was a teenage farmer when the Civil War broke out, and he enlisted into the North Carolina 27th Infantry (H Company) in Pitt County, where he lived. He served as a private in E Company for about ten months in 1861 and 1862, which...

John Herring Wetherington (1833-1910)

AUTHOR:  Marc Francis Roddin John Herring Wetherington enlisted in the Civil War on June 30, 1862 as a private and became company cook. The nearest he came to a Yankee bullet was when the handle of a pail of food he was carrying was shot in two. When the War was over,...

The Snow Brothers

AUTHOR:  Joshua N. James My great-great-grandfather Abner Lee Snow was born to Richard Snow and Sally Tucker Snow in 1843 in Surry County, North Carolina. Surry County was then and is still very rural. The landscape is dominated by the looming presence of Pilot...

Alexander Cary McAlister & Adelaide Worth McAlister

AUTHOR:  Bradley R. Foley (The following excerpt is from Mr. Foley’s book Letters Home: The Civil War Correspondence of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander C. McAlister) (Click photo to enlarge) “Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina, [Alexander...

Sylvanus David Davis & Jane Transou Davis

AUTHOR:  Henry L. Yarbrough (Click photo to enlarge) Sylvanus David Davis was born in Surry County, North Carolina on September 08, 1832. Before the Civil War, he came to Pfafftown, N.C. around 1857 and lived in the home of A.C. [Adalaid Cooper] Transou. After that...

The Battle Flag Comes Home

AUTHOR:  Joseph R. Suggs [Written for The State, vol. 36, May 1, 1969 by Joseph R. Suggs] The battle flag of the Randolph Hornets—Company M, 22nd North Carolina Militia, CSA—has come home again to Randolph County from whence it departed over one hundred years ago. In...

A. J. Sisk

AUTHOR:  Jason Pearson Andrew Jackson Sisk is my 4th great grandfather, son of Henry Hawkins and Rachel Sisk. I was shocked when I found a distant cousin who had his portrait hanging in her house. The photograph was created c.1905. Not many people can say they can see...

Five Pless Brothers

AUTHOR: Dixie Kamplain I am of the direct line from Elijah Pless of Haywood who moved to Ashe County around the time of the Civil War. Although he can't be found on the war records, all four of his brothers fought for the Confederacy. Including Asbury Glenn Pless who...

The Story of my Great-Grandfather, Nathan Wyatt

AUTHOR:  Christine Wyatt Stockman Nathan Wyatt, a prosperous agriculturist and stock raiser of Latty Township, and one of its leading citizens, was born November 10, 1844 in Wilkes County, NC. He is a son of David and Amelia (Wingler) Wyatt, the former of whom is a...

1862 Field-press broadside on the Battle of Roanoke Island

SUBMITTED BY:  Robert Jones This Battle of Roanoke Island, NC Broadside also features an 1862 Battle engraving, Naval and Army commanders’ engravings, and clipped signatures of General Burnside and Admiral Goldsborough. The first part of the broadside is an order...

Anson County, NC during the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY:  Steve Bailey THE CIVIL WAR IN ANSON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: ANSON COUNTY CITATIONS FROM THE WAR OF REBELLION VOLUME -- Book Title: THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A COMPILATION OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES. SERIES 1 - VOLUME 47...

“Return to the Tented Field”

SUBMITTED BY:  Glenn Land Written by my 4 x 1st cousin Thomas Charles Land of Wilkes County, NC. Thomas began the war a Private in Company B 1st NC Infantry (The Wilkes Valley Guards). He was seriously wounded at Malvern Hill July 1,1862. While furloughed home he was...

The Ringing of the Bells

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone The warm sunshine and the serene view beckoned me to my mother's front porch this afternoon. As I rocked gently in a rocker, she slowly made her way, shuffling behind her walker, to join me. We sat there silently, enjoying the warmth and the...

Keep the Banner Wavin’

AUTHOR:  Daniel E. Johnson, IV Click on this link to read Mr. Johnson's book: Keep-the-Banner-Wavin-RIGHT-FORMAT Click on the images below to enlarge...

Emily Thornton, Child of the Civil War

AUTHOR:  Gail Sasser Hopkins Emily Thornton-Rhodes was born in 1862. Her father Samuel I Thornton joined in the Southern cause while Ava Hestor Raynor his wife took care of 6 of the 10 children born before and during the war. They lived in Sampson County before and...

Ike McGaha

AUTHOR:  Tim Pruitt Isaac Burleson “Ike” McGaha ca. 1833-1919 A longtime resident of the “lawless” Big Bend region of Cataloochee, Haywood County (Hicks Cove area), Ike was a farmer and sometime moonshine maker like most. He was noted for his long red chin beard and...

The Man Who Was Hanged for Treason

AUTHOR:  Donna J. Hart On February 10, 1864, William Hardy Daugherty was one of 13 men hanged in Kinston, North Carolina, having been convicted of treason against the Confederacy.  Watching the executions were their wives, neighbors, friends, and even former comrades...

Corporal David Land, Company I 13th NC Infantry

AUTHOR:  Glenn Land I trace my paternal roots to my 5 x great-grandparents, Thomas Land and Ann Sumter of Wilkes County, NC. One of their several great-grandsons and Civil War Veterans was my 2 x great-grandfather, David Land. David was last counted in the 1900 census...

The Gander by the Red Lantern

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone Note: This story is by no means filthy or obscene, but it is a boisterous story that was shared by soldiers around the campfire during the Civil War. Granny's cousin, Jim Kirkpatrick, told me this story about my great great grandpa, Jasper...

Leave It Be

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone I always wondered why everyone lowered their voices when they spoke of Will Rathbone, and whispered about what he did during that "bad ole war." I'd try to get closer so that I could hear, but Granny would gently push me away and say, "Just...

A Unique Man, A Unique Confederate, A Unique Life

AUTHOR:  Glenn Land In 1850, Thomas Bethune Tyson of Carthage, Moore County, North Carolina purchased a combination, wagon/wheelwright repair shop, from Isaac Sewell. In 1856, Thomas B. Tyson, and landowner Alexander Kelly, formed a partnership to run the wheelwright...

Israel Rufus Stroup: Captured, Recaptured, and Survived

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe Israel Rufus Stroup, the son of John D. Stroup, enlisted on the 4th of July 1862 in Lincoln County, NC. At the time, he and his wife, Elizabeth Rudisill Stroup, lived in Stanley Creek and had three small children. In Israel’s...

Lt. Col. George Hayes

AUTHOR:  Joe Franklin Grandfather Hayes was originally in the Union Army & escorted the Cherokee tribe on the journey to Oklahoma (the Trail Of Tears) I read some of his letters & accounts which he said was a horrible experience. When the war began he served in the...

If he had not been captured …

AUTHOR:  John Stevens Evin Smith was born in Smith’s District, Stanly County, North Carolina about 1836. In the 1860 Census he was living with his father working on the family farm with personal property valued at $140. In March 1861 Evin married Lucy Page from Locust...

Chasing my tail (Tale) around the family tree

AUTHOR:  Tom Bailey I knew my dad and he knew his. It got a bit iffy when I started chasing the 'Rest of The Story.' I had problems locating documentation for my GF's birth, among other things. Then, I located his birth record, Lafayette Burl Smith (Not Bailey as is...

Hosea Holcombe Stroup, 1829-1864

AUTHORS:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe On May 8, 1863, Hosea Holcombe Stroup, the thirty-five-year-old son of Moses Stroup (1796-1877) and husband of Nancy Crutchfield Stroup, was conscripted into service in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He served the as a Private in...

William Alexander Snead: A Confederate Soldier

SUBMITTED BY:  William Snead "Mr. W.A. Snead passed away on Jan 6, 1919,at the home of Mr. M.F. Pratt. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. His sickness was of short duration. He left a family of six children- three sons and three daughters: R.L. Snead of Reidsville,...

“War Veteran is dead near here”

SUBMITTED BY:  Linda D. Gibbs Obituary from the July 11, 1925 Greensboro Record (Greensboro, N.C.): WAR VETERAN IS DEAD NEAR HERE--J.B. Callahan Died Saturday Morning in Stokesdale at Ripe Old Age of 93---J.B. Callahan died at the home of his son, E.O. Callahan at...

Jim Tucker, Jr.

AUTHOR:  Jim Tucker James [ Jim ] Milas Tucker, Jr. His occupation was Wagon Maker & farmer. He served in the Civil War in the Confederate Army-Co. F-44th Regt. and enlisted at the age of 30 on 3/1/1862. He was present & accounted for until he was paroled at...

Private Alvis C. Webb

SUBMITTED BY:  Linda Webb Franklin Alvis Cornelius Webb was born in 1836 in Wentworth, North Carolina, the son of John and Elizabeth. On July 25, 1857, he married Chaney Ann Victoria Carter. He enlisted in the Confederate Army on February 27, 1862 in Rockingham...

David Stroup, Jr., 1841-1862

AUTHORS:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe In July 1860, David Stroup was 18 years old and was a “farm laborer” who was living with the Henry McClure family in the Spring Hill Forge Post Office District of Lincoln County, NC. He had been born in Lincoln County, but after...

Dora Hood Kirkman Remembers The Battle of Bentonville

SUBMITTED BY:  Warren Grimes The link below is a reprint of story from 1927 Smithfield Herald. Dora Hood Kirkman was my great-great-aunt. There is also a reprint from a 1945 Durham Herald Sun - will send that in a separate upload. Click on the link to the right >>...

The Sawyer Family of Tyrrell County

AUTHOR:  Kim West-Devlin Samuel Sawyer and his brother Charles were in the 32nd North Carolina regiment under Pettigrew. My line is Samuel. He and his brothers' names are on the Confederate monument in Columbia. Charles was taken prisoner and put in Elmira prison in...

James Archibald Holt

AUTHOR:  Robin D. Holt James Archibald Holt, Company G, North Carolina 6th Infantry Regiment, enlisted in the service of the Confederate States of America on May 29, 1861 at Charlotte, NC. Discharged on September 8, 1862. This was the only information the family ever...

Halt! Who goes there?

AUTHOR:  Karen Meekins Friel My great-great-grandfather Benjamin Barnes was a civilian living in Kinnakeet, NC (now called Avon) during the Civil War. I believe the Outer Banks were off and on occupied by Union forces during the war. One night Benjamin was walking...

Barnabas: AWOL, but honest

AUTHOR:  Vickie Kutscher My Great-Grandfather is Barnabas ("Barney" or "BB") Calhoun. Barnabas Calhoun was probably born in Ashe County, North Carolina. He is buried in the Fork Mountain Cemetery just outside of Newland, North Carolina. Here are the details we have...

My grandfather, Joe Cosby

AUTHOR:  Patrika Cos My grandfather Joe Cosby was born in 1852 as a slave in North Carolina. He was born to Joe Cosby. [The name of his] mother is unknown. Joe Cosby was only 13 yrs old when the Civil War was over. He was eventually appointed as one of Penelope Cox's...

Our Women in the War

SUBMITTED BY:  Alan M. Stubbs: "This is an article published in a Wilmington, NC newspaper around 1900 by my great grandmother’s cousin." [History Center cannot locate the newspaper name or date. Her remembrance can be found as a historical essay on the website of the...

Alfred A. Stroup and the Confederate Steamer C.S.S. Virginia

AUTHORS:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe Alfred A. Stroup (1842-?), the son of Joseph P. Stroup, was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina but moved by 1860 to the Stroup homelands in what was then Gaston County. Alfred enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army on...

Old Retainer Lives on Memories of the Past

SUBMITTED BY:  George E. Vick, Jr. THE LENOIR COUNTY NEWS, Wednesday, March 22, 1950 Old Retainer Lives on Memories of the Past: Born in Slavery, Ike Davis Now Served By Those He Helped Rear By Fred Whitaker In the white-painted, oldest little house on the Simon...

The Day the Yankees Came

SUBMITTED BY:  George E. Vick, Jr. AUTHOR:  Eliza Jackson Casteen These are stories told to me by my Aunt Cattie Parrott as she remembered the Civil War Days at the Jackson house when she was Susan Catherine Jackson, our father’s older sister. There were many more. -...

The Life and Times of Jesse Harris

SUBMITTED BY:  Penny F. Maynard See the story of Jesse Harris at this link: Jesse-Harris The language from his will is below: From Microfilm at North Carolina State Archives (WB-A/171) Will of Jesse C. Harris 1863 Caldwell County, NC State of North Carolina, Caldwell...

For the Record: The Story of the McCormick Brothers

AUTHOR:  James Utley My great-grandmother Almena McCormick Jernigan had three brothers, John, Murphy, and Duncan McCormick, who fought in the Civil War. John McCormick, the eldest brother, enlisted in Uvalde, Texas where he was a school teacher (according to 1860 US...

The Snead Family’s Civil War Experiences

SUBMITTED BY:  Candace Snead Atwood Four of the sons of Robert William Snead and Mary "Polly" Williams Snead of Johnston County, NC served in the Confederate Army: Edward Dudley Snead, MD, Captain; born Jan. 1837; died in July of 1914; buried at Antioch UMC, Four...

Colonel Clement Dowd

SUBMITTED BY: Marsha F. Haithcock Colonel Clement Dowd was of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Richland Creek, Moore County, N.C., August 27, 1832. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1869-71; U.S....

Captain Shubal G. Worth

This piece was submitted to the Fayetteville Observer at an unknown date and resubmitted by Marsha F. Haithcock to the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center on January 25, 2016: Note received from Curtis Older on 12/31/18: "Dear Sir or Madam,...

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