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Farming in North Carolina, 1889

AUTHOR:  JC Knowles (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Farming was so bad in North Carolina in 1889 that many farmers considered leaving their farms to seek their livelihoods elsewhere. The Chatham County Alliance, a local organization of the Farmers’ Alliance,...

Civil War History

AUTHOR:  Andrew Adams Jr. (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) The following story is based on family oral history: Two of my great-grandfathers were in the Civil War, Hugh Wallin and John Chandler. John was a Confederate soldier who was captured and imprisoned....

December 2020 Year End Update

Dear Friends: By any measure, 2020 has been a challenging year:  A global pandemic.  Racial division and strife.   Economic turmoil. Many of you have asked what this means for the future of the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. The answer...

Ransom Naylor, A Civil War Soldier

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

The Henry W. Jones Papers

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

George Lauder: Set in Stone

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

James Hamilton Thomas

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

A physical phenomenon: Hester “Hettie” Massey

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

The Story Behind the Stone

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

How to Hire an Essay Writing Company

The best way to solve your academic problem is right in front of you; all you need to do is to contact an essay writing company, for example  Writemypapers. You will find several essay writer on the internet. All you need to do is to search for them. But if you want...

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...

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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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