Our State – Our Stories

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:  Michael 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 military records,...

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

AUTHOR:  Michael 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 Company H, 52nd...

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

AUTHOR:  Michael 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 David’s father...

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

AUTHOR:  Michael 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 April 26,...

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: Among the hundreds of North Carolina’s gallant sons who have immolated...

Man born on July 4 recalls Civil War

SUBMITTED BY:  Great-granddaughter Dorothy Barr Corbett Dallas Caldwell Berryhill, born 1858, died 1947. See Charlotte News (1942) article at this link: Man born on July...

Sechrest family of Davidson County

AUTHOR:  Robert Lee Sechrest Grandmother Mattie was 33 when she married my grandfather who was 66. He fought [in the Civil War] when he was 27 in Company C from Davidson County. He fought at Bentonville and at Fort Fisher. He died at age 73.

Ben, Penelope, a Panther, and the Cave

AUTHOR:  Roger Hudson My great-great grandfather was Benjamin Allen Staton of Henderson County, NC. He was born in 1837 and served in the 35th Infantry, Company G of the Confederate Army. They were "The Rifles." The regiment trained in Raleigh and eventually joined...

Captain Wilson Austin White

AUTHOR:  Marsha Head Goodwin My 3X Great Grandfather was Captain Wilson Austin White. He was born Jun 30, 1826 in Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina. He was the son of William Austin White and Rebecca White (surnames were the same, no genealogical connection)....

Sharps carbine

AUTHOR AND SUBJECT NAME NOT AVAILABLE My great uncle told me a story his grandfather told him of being in the trenches in Petersburg and was hit by a ricochet bullet in the head lodging it under his scalp. He thought he was dead. At a previous battle he had picked up...

William Augustus Parvin escapes

AUTHOR:  Unknown William Augustus Parvin arrives in Little Washington on New Year’s Day, 1861, just 21 years old. By birth, he is a Pennsylvanian, but he chooses to settle in a state that is bound for secession in a few months. In March he ships out on the schooner...

Green D. Smith, 48th NC State Troops, Company E

AUTHOR:  Unknown Private Green D. Smith was born in 1829 in Union County and there he was conscripted on August 23, 1862 to Company E of the 48th NCST. He had barely joined the company when he became ill with smallpox in the Winter of '62/'63 and Spring of '63,...

James Spence Frazier, Company I, 23rd NC Regiment

AUTHOR:  Unknown James Spence Frazier was the youngest child of eight children born to Ephraim and Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier of Granville County, North Carolina.  He was the first of his brothers to volunteer for Company I, 23rd Regiment of the North Carolina...

George M. Crawford: Honored more than 150 years later

AUTHOR:  Unknown Private George M. Crawford was born on his family's Iredell County farm in 1828. Never marrying, George spent his life helping his large family run their farm and after losing both parents in his teens, he helped raised his younger siblings. In 1862,...

Thomas B. Frazier, Company I, NC 23rd Infantry Regiment

AUTHOR:  Unknown The fourth of five sons of Ephraim and Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier of Sassafras Fork, Granville County, North Carolina. Thomas B. Frazier enlisted in Company I, North Carolina 23rd Infantry Regiment at age 27 on July 8, 1862 or for the war. He...

Charles W. Dry (Drye), 42nd NC Regiment, Company 2nd B

AUTHOR:  Unknown Charles Dry was born 1832 in Cabarrus County, NC.  He was the son of John and Elizabeth Dry.  He resided in Rowan County when he enlisted in the 42nd North Carolina Regiment, Company 2nd B on the 5 February 1862.  He was present and accounted for...

Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier: A Mother’s Story

AUTHOR:  Unknown Elizabeth Blackwell was born on Blackwell’s Mountain. She was 17 when she married 27 year old Epherium Frazier, 1820. Epherium and Elizabeth lived at Sassafrass Fork, Granville County, North Carolina. They had eight children William, Stephen, Harriet,...

John Thomas Daniels: Soldier of land and sea

AUTHOR:  Unknown Orphaned as a young boy, John Thomas Daniels grew up on Roanoke Island where he was born in 1846. Born of salt as his ancestor before him, he took the sea as a small boy and remained there the rest of his life. At the very young age of 15, John...

Female blockade runner Mary “Florie” Maffitt

SUBMITTED BY:  Robert Maffitt? [Editor's Note: This is an expanded story of one on the website entitled "John N. Maffitt, 1st Lieutenant in the Confederate Navy."] At Wilmington, there were many Southern merchant ships that ran the Northern blockade during the Civil...

Josiah Blackwell Sams harassed by Kirk’s Raiders

SUBMITTED BY:  James R. Phillips, SCV Post 2093 Josiah Blackwell Sams Born 1/27/1829, Died 8/13/1908 Father – James Brown Sams, Mother – Mary Hickman 11 children – 6 boys, 5 girls Married – Rebecca Emaline Murray Sams Gap (where NC and Tenn. Meet on 1-26) named after...

Macklin Southard, 45th NC Regiment, “The Madison Greys”

AUTHOR:  Unknown Macklin Southard was born 1824 and was the son of James and Ruth Gilliam Southard.  He was a private in the 45th North Carolina Regiment called the Madison Greys.  He resided in Rockingham County, NC.  He was married to Jane Hutchinson on 2 February...

John L. Southard, 45th NC Regiment, “The Madison Greys”

AUTHOR:  Unknown John L. Southard was born 1839 and was the son of James and Ruth Gilliam Southard.  He was a private in the 45th North Carolina Regiment called the Madison Greys.  He resided in Rockingham County, NC and enlisted in Wayne County on May 8, 1862.  He...

Cephus H. Joyce, man of principle

AUTHOR:  Unknown Born in Stokes County, North Carolina around 1843, Cephus H. Joyce was eager to join the cause and quickly enlisted in Stokes County in Company H of the 22nd NC State Troops on June 1, 1861 as a Private. He quickly became a leader and was elected...

John F. Agner, Company B, NC 46th Infantry Regiment

AUTHOR:  Unknown John F. Agner was born 1833 and was the son of Isaac and Christiana Agner from Rowan County, NC.  He was promoted to Full Sergeant on 01 Sep 1862. He was promoted to Full Private on 01 Nov 1862. He enlisted in Company B, North Carolina 46th Infantry...

Robeson Soldier’s Line Continues

AUTHOR:  Tim A. Sellers, Lumberton, NC [Editor's Note: This is an expanded version of "Death Reached Far Beyond the Battlefield," by Billy Sellers.] Neill Stephen Kinlaw, my great-great-grandfather on my mother’s side, was 38 when he was captured at Fort Fisher. He...

William Councilman, 8th NC Regiment, Company I

AUTHOR:  Unknown William Councilman was 1837 in Orange County. He married Lydia Coble on 6 August 1859. He was a private in the 8th North Carolina Regiment, Company I. He enlisted on 5 July 1861 in Alamance County, NC. He was present and accounted for throughout the...

William J. Hill, 49th NC Regiment, Company C

AUTHOR:  Unknown William J. Hill was born 1817 in Rowan County, NC.  He was the son of Henry and Jane Hill.  He was married three times:  Milly Pool (1841), Avelina Black (1847), and Rachel Shepherd (17 July 1851).  He was the father of 10 children, 6 boys and 4...

Rinehardt Emanuel Beaver: Content to Play the Fife

AUTHOR:  Unknown The oldest of three boys to serve for the South, Rinehardt Emanuel Beaver or "Manuel" as he was called, was born in Rowan County in 1837. Manuel was 2nd to enlist on January 25, 1862 in Salisbury in Co. B of the 42nd NC State Troops. He was originally...

Levi Adolphus Beaver, 5th NCST, Company K

AUTHOR:  Unknown Levi Adolphus Beaver was born in Rowan County in 1840, one of three brothers who would fight to defend the Southern Cause. Amazingly, all three returned home. "Dolph," as he was called by friends and family, enlisted as a Private in Company K of the...

Imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland

AUTHOR:  Unknown Abel Reid Pitts was born to John Henry and Sarah Lolly Rogers Pitts on 30 August, 1826 in Lincoln Co., NC. Abel later lived in Burke Co and enlisted in Catawba Co into Co K, NC 35th Infantry Regiment as a private, age 36, on 15 October, 1861 for the...

Stephen Frazier, Company K, 55th Regiment, NC Infantry

AUTHOR:  Unknown Stephen Frazier was the second of eight children born to Epheriam and Elizabeth Blackwell Frazier of Granville County, North Carolina. Stephen’s father died in 1840 when he was fifteen. Stephen helped his mother manage the family’s large farm. In...

William Willis Roberts, Confederate States Navy

AUTHOR:  Unknown William Willis Roberts Born 1822 in Craven County, North Carolina. He was the son of John M. and Mary Jones Roberts.  He was married to Elizabeth Daves in New York on August 6, 1850. Original entry into the Confederate States Navy, August 26, 1863;...

War is Fickle

AUTHOR:  Unknown I am the descendant of four Confederate privates on my mother's side. I haven't researched my father's side yet. Amos Dunn, Nasrow Creech and Noah Parker were conscripted into the 5th NC State Troops on the same day in July, 1862. Two were in Co C and...

Andrew Bostian, Company K, 5th NCST

AUTHOR:  Unknown Born in Rowan County in 1824, Andrew Bostian farmed until his conscription to Company K, 5th NCST on August 8, 1862 in Statesville. He would see a fair amount of action with the 5th and would be wounded in the hand at Brandy Station, Virginia. He was...

Lt. Hugh Caldwell Bennett

SUBMITTED BY:  Joe Avery Hugh Caldwell Bennett (14 Dec. 1832 - 3 March 1907) was the son of George Stepto Bennett and Elizabeth Newland Bennett of Iredell County, NC. He enlisted in Company F, North Carolina 3rd Cavalry Regiment on 07 Oct. 1861 as a Corporal and was...

Merrell Rimmer: A Young Soldier lost in battle

AUTHOR:  Unknown Merrell Rimmer was born to Samuel Richard Rimmer and Elizabeth Blalock Rimmer, of Hurdle Mills, Person County, North Carolina. Elijah Hasten Rimmer, his eldest brother, enlisted in the 50th Regiment, Co. A, on 15 March 1863. Merrell, the next in the...

Samuel Thomas Gann: From Shoemaker to Soldier

AUTHOR:  Unknown Samuel Thomas Gann was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1824. He grew up running his own farm and had acquired the trade of shoemaker along the way. As the war approached, his age and family kept him at home when many of the young men...

Elijah C. Frazier, Company K, 55th Regiment NC Infantry

AUTHOR:  Unknown Elijah C. Frazier was listed as a farmer in Granville County, North Carolina and enrolled in the Confederate Army on May 6, 1862.  He reported to Camp Mangum on May 30, 1862.  He was assigned to Co. K 55 Regiment North Carolina Infantry.  He is listed...

Burwell Jackson Moore, lifelong Confederate

AUTHOR:  Unknown With little to his name and no family, Burwell Jackson Moore, born near Danville, Virginia in 1846, decided to join in the war effort. He enlisted in Northampton County, North Carolina on January 6, 1863 as a Private in Company A, 5th NC Cavalry (63rd...

Corporal Finley Thomas Sale: A Wandering Soul

AUTHOR:  Unknown Corporal Finley Thomas Sale was born in 1836 in Wilkes County, NC. Marrying at 21, he would father 4 children before entering into Confederate service. He enlisted July 7, 1862 in Guilford County as a Private in Company D of the 5th NC Cavalry (63rd...

Alpheus Branch, Company I, NC 1st Infantry Regiment

AUTHOR: Unknown Alpheus Branch was born 1843 in Halifax County.  He was the son of Samuel and Mary Branch.  He enlisted in Company I, North Carolina 1st Infantry Regiment on 11 Jul 1861.  He was mustered out on 12 Nov 1861.  He then enlisted in Company G, North...

Salisbury Prison: North Carolina’s Andersonville

AUTHOR:  Joel R. Stegall The American Civil War has been called a lot of things, but two descriptions are rather inventive: The Late Unpleasantness;[1] and, An Objective History of the War of Northern Aggression.[2]  Whatever label one may apply to that American...

William Everett Miller

SUBMITTED BY:  Anne Campbell William Everett Miller's story "A SHORT SKETCH OF MY LIFE UP TO THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN I WAS EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE" (see links to PDFs below): anne campbell anne campbell 2...

Great great grandfather Charles Wesley Leonard

AS TOLD TO MATTHEW SLISIK BY CHARLES WESLEY STARLING Audio file 6 minutes 45 seconds "Poor man from North Carolina, did not own slaves and wasn't a secessionist, so I think it gives good context of the average man in the fight." This is a letter he wrote on June 9,...

The Story of Hilliard Gains

SUBMITTED BY:  Pat Garber Hilliard Gains was an African-American Freedman who marched to war with his childhood friend, Sgt-Major Newsom Edward Jenkins, and other members of the Roanoke Minutemen, CSA. I first heard of him in stories told by my mother and uncles....

Pvt. Henry Vines, the luckiest Fort Fisher man

SUBMITTED BY:  Tom Fagart The luckiest Fort Fisher man just may be Pvt. Henry Vines, 3rd Co G, 36th Regiment, 2nd NC Artillery.  Pvt. Vines was born 5 July 1843, enlisted 30 Apr 1862, Brunswick County, Wilmington, NC at age 20.  He is listed as prisoner #597 arriving...

From Fort Fisher, North Carolina to Elmira, New York

SUBMITTED BY:  Tom Fagart On Christmas Eve, 24 December 1864, the Confederate fortress of Fort Fisher (aka The Gibraltar of The South) located near Wilmington, North Carolina at the mouth of the Cape Fear River came under attack by Union Naval and Army forces.  Sixty...

The death of two Tarheel Confederate brothers and only sons

SUBMITTED BY:  Tom Fagart This is the story of Franklin and William Cauble, the only sons of Joseph and Nancy Hudson Cauble of Albemarle, Stanly County, NC I am sure that when Franklin Cauble of Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina was earning his living driving a...

Uriah R. Parish

AS TOLD TO MATTHEW SLISIK BY:  Mark Love Audio file 2 minutes 35 seconds Uriah Parish was a farmer. He lived with his father and family; he was one of 10 children on a farm in Moore Co (now Lee Co). At the time of the war he signed up for Company I, 19th NC, 2nd NC...

William Andrew Love / John Wesley Love

AS TOLD TO MATTHEW SLISIK BY:  Mark Love Audio file (4 minutes 5 seconds) They were from Moore County and lived on a farm with their father and siblings. Their mother died in 1854. In the 1860 census J. W. Love is still living with Jesse, but between 1860 and 1862 he...

Sampson the enslaved man

AUTHOR:  Billy A. Dunlap Our family owned slaves before the Civil War. One of them named Sampson came to great-great-grandpa James Dunlap after the war and told his former master that he did not know anything about freedom or what it meant. He had been born on the...

Aunt Loudy Wright

AUTHOR:  Bill Arthur Dunlap Aunt Loudy Wright was the oldest sister of John Washington Dunlap, my grandpa's daddy. She was born in 1822 and lived to 1920. Mr. Wright's sister married my great-great-grandpa, thus becoming J. W. Dunlap's mother. I.e., brother and sister...

Looking Backwards, by F. L. Castex, Sr.

SUBMITTED BY:  John McKinnon (The original copy was written in 1934 when Papa, Mr. F. L. Castex, Sr., was 82 years old. His birthday was February 14, 1852: therefore his recollections of the Civil War were of a child nine to thirteen years old.) I have been asked a...

Yankee demanded a drink

SUBMITTED BY:  John McKinnon I asked my brother Sandy, who knew my great-grandmother, if she ever told stories of life during the War. She would have been in her 20's during the War, and her husband was off fighting. He said only one [story] about throwing buttermilk...

Virginia Lee Binns of New Kent County, VA

AUTHOR:  Julia Breckinridge My grandmother Virginia Lee Binns was the 13th child born at Silver Hall, New Kent County, VA, just up the road from Jamestown. I saw the original charter for her family's land grant signed by King George in 1624. Yankee soldiers came up...

James Jarrell

SUBMITTED BY:  James Jarrell I was born in Guilford County. My grandfather was a slave in the Guilford area of Pleasant Garden which is not very far from James Haley's roots in Alamance County. I did not grow up hearing a lot of stories and related memories of Civil...

A Southerner learns she is kin to President U. S. Grant

AUTHOR:  Betty Bowles Haywood You might call me one-quarter Yankee. My great-grandfather, Major Hiram Grant, came to Goldsboro as part of the Army of Occupation after the Civil War. He was first cousin to General U.S. Grant. Hiram had four children whom he sent to New...

John Henry Stone and Martha Ann Baughn

SUBMITTED BY:  Catherine Bowers Southworth This document is an excerpt from “Letters Home to Baughn’s Mountain” transcribed in 1979 by Ellen Flythe Frontis Cross, great-granddaughter of John Henry and Martha Ann Baughn Stone. Some of these letters are heart-wrenching;...

Point Lookout, MD claims another soldier

SUBMITTED BY:  Katrina Anne Herman Avery Two brothers of my great-grandmother, Susan Young, died while fighting in the Civil War. One was John Young, born in 1843 to Henry and Lavenia Martin Young in Catawba County, NC. At 19 years old, John enlisted in the...

William J. ‘Billy’ Parker, Caney Fork Confederate Soldier

AUTHOR:  Dan Johnson   Billy Parker was the first born son of John A. Parker, and his second wife, Nancy Phillips.(1) John married Nancy on 18 November 1844(2) in (what was then, still) Haywood county. Billy followed less than 3 months later being born on 18 February...

John Aiken of Caney Fork, Jackson County, NC

AUTHOR:  Dan Johnson   JOHN H. AlKEN, son of THOMAS (1825-ca 1900) and REBECCA (HOXIT) AlKEN (1831-1912)1 was born January 8, 1855 in Cherryfield, Henderson Co., NC, the fifth of what would be eight children. His father left the family sometime between 1860 and 1870....

Uncle Wah Clark of Crossnore, NC

AUTHOR:  Dan Johnson   Words like 'colorful,' 'unique,' 'rugged individualist,' etc. come to mind in trying to diplomatically describe my ancestor Warsaw Columbus 'Wah' Clark of Crossnore, NC but the honest truth of the matter would bring us closer to 'unsavory,'...

Granny Beck Aiken: The Witch of Caney Fork

AUTHOR:  Dan Johnson Genealogical research often reveals some interesting, even contradictory characters and such is the case with "Granny Beck" Aiken. Nothing is known about her childhood or youth. Although the census taker for Jackson co. in 1880 declared that...

John H. Hopkins

AUTHOR:  Howard J. Sparks, Sr. My great grandfather John H. Hopkins was from Patrick County, Virginia. John was the son of William Hopkins and Sarah/Sallie Snyder Hopkins. Between 1850 and 1860 it is believed the family moved just across the state line into Stokes...

My 2g grandfather: Union League Commander Austin Flood

AUTHOR:  Shelton Tucker Genealogy: My sister Dee, the genealogist of the family, told me that a respected historian in Greenville, NC said that my 2g grandfather, Reverend Austin Flood, was like the MLK of his day. Every since that time, we incessantly started...

Alson Gordon: The Persistent Soldier

SUBMITTED BY:  Phyllis Gordon Womble In June 1861, Alson Gordon of Haywood county left his wife and three children behind to join Company F of the 25th NC Infantry Regiment: a company that enlisted three of my other ancestors on the same day. Gordon’s time in the 25th...

Daughter of the Confederacy

SUBMITTED BY:  Shirley Corn Reagan My husband's great grandmother was a daughter of Confederacy. She was a Franklin from Elkin, NC. My husband passed this past May 15, 2018. I have to research her story. Her name could have Ann or Elizabeth Franklin. I'm sure she went...

Yankee Spy – Timothy McKean or Is It Charles Hawkins?

SUBMITTED BY:  Stokely Caldwell There is an interesting Civil War story regarding a young man from New Hampshire named Timothy McKean who, after many adventures, ended up in North Carolina and changed his name to Charles Hawkins. Timothy R. McKean was born in 1839 in...

Private A. S. (Amos Snyder) Ross

SUBMITTED BY:  Stokely Caldwell Amos Snyder Ross was born in 1837 in Union County North Carolina, the son of Thomas Griffin Ross (1806-1873) and Ola Maness (1809-1865). Amos married Mary A. Kiser, daughter of Marcus Kiser and Mary Howell Kiser with a Cabarrus County,...

Ransom Naylor, A Civil War Soldier

AUTHOR:  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. As a young boy Ransom worked the family farm. By 1850...

Miles Howcott and Family

SUBMITTED BY:  Francis Howcutt From the website "Howcutt and Howcott Family History," copyright 2018. Miles Howcott was a soldier and farmer. He is an ancestor of a large proportion of the present-day Howcotts in America. Miles and his son William Henry were...

“I aimed a bullet at his heart”

AUTHOR:  Edward S. Alexander, Emerging Civil War SUBMITTED BY: Deborah England I found this story about my GG grandfather on the blog, Emerging Civil War. It was written by Edward S. Alexander. As a descendant of the original settlers of Western NC, on both sides of...

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