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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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]...

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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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