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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 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...

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...

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...

Hosea Holcombe Stroup, 1829-1864

AUTHORS:  Sid Stroupe and Mike 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...

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

AUTHORS:  Sid Stroupe and Mike 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...

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...

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. -...

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: Note received from Curtis Older on 12/31/18: "Dear Sir or Madam,...

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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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