Our State – Our Stories

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 in...

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 programs that will...

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...

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 Barry 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...

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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 »
  • Prominent African American Scholars and Academics Advising the History Center

    Prominent African American Scholars and Academics Advising the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center: Dr. James Anderson, retired Chancellor and faculty, Fayetteville State University, member of our Board of Advisors Dr. Spencer Crew, former director of the Underground Railroad Museum, first African American director at the Smithsonian Museum …Read More »
  • 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 programs that will be located in Arsenal Park …Read More »

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