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Ransom McIntyre

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

James Madison Ragland

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

The History of Bennett College

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

Captain James M. Young

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

Claiming Love on the Road

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

Troy Kivett’s Story

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

Mary Susan McCubbins

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

A Tale of Two Brothers

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

A Simple Tombstone

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

Hiram Hamilton Hartley

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

“[T]ell me what we poore soldiers wifes is to do”: Mrs. Susan Shearin, Mrs. L. Reid, Mrs. M. Neal, Mrs. C. Aycock, Mrs. Thomson, and Mrs. Elbeth Write a Letter to Gov. Vance

SUBMITTED BY:  Jean Finch Inscoe (introduction written by Cheri T. Molter; original document transcribed by Jean Finch Inscoe; submission transcription by Cheri T. Molter) Life was difficult for women, too, during the Civil War. After able-bodied men went off to...

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  • June 8 2020 Statement by the Board of Directors

    It is with great sadness for the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—and for where we are as a state and as a nation—that we at the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center issue this statement. The unjust and violent ways that these …Read More »
  • North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center – Phase 1

    Always nice to share good news. Even in the throes of the virus, the History Center is pressing ahead with completion of Phase 1. Progress is great! We are still on course to have Phase 1 complete by the end of April. Stay tuned for the ribbon cutting and groundbreaking …Read More »
  • Public Hearings and Meetings

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

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