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  1. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion Visiting The Past: Cold Mountain unearths truths about Civil War including W.P. Inman and others

    View of Cold Mountain. Photo by Henry Neufeld. (Photo: Courtesy of Rob Neufeld) William Pingree Inman, the real-life soldier on whom Charles Frazier based his Civil War novel, “Cold Mountain,” had been a Confederate soldier. Although Union sentiment had been strong in the mountains up to the...
  2. Cyclops

    Confederate enlisted frock coat info

    Howdy! I'm a reenactor and I've been looking to expand my impression, specifically with a frock coat because I've always liked the look of them, but I care about my accuracy and don't like to get anything unless I can explain why I have it. However, I have found it remarkably difficult to...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion A peek into ACW site tourism feelings: Readers share views on PROPOSED Civil War center in Fayetteville NC

    Last week, we asked readers to share their views on whether Fayetteville should build a Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. More than 200 people responded. Here is a sampling of opinions from our readers. Thank you to everyone who weighed in. If you’d still like to contribute to the...
  4. east tennessee roots

    "My Dear & Affectonate Little Son"

    Confederate Private Alexander Bailus West married my 4 x 1st cousin, Nancy Land in Wilkes County, NC; Feb.4, 1857. On November 26, 1858, their son, Thomas Harvey West was born. Alex mustered into Company K 53rd NC Infantry on 4/30/1862. His Captain and 1st Lieutenant were his cousins, William...
  5. Culper Bell

    Discussion College Students in Arms - Duke University and the Trinity Guard

    For background information: Trinity College was the predecessor to Duke University from 1856-1892 before the college was moved from Greensboro to Durham and later renamed to Duke University. Trinity College itself had previously been called Normal Callege from 1851-1856, Union Institute Academy...
  6. lelliott19

    A Labor of Love: Memorial Needlework Sampler by Margaret Jane Cross

    "Taylor Cross deceas'd June 18 1821." Margaret Jane Cross would have been about 13 years old when she sewed this memorial sampler on natural colored linen. Presumably, upon completion, she marked the date - April 30, 1829. Judging from the fine, precise needlework and the detail of her design...
  7. Luke Freet

    Branch's/Lane's Tarheel Brigade

    I originally made this for the General Lane bio i made earlier today. Thought I'd post this here as a separate thing as well. Link to the bio here: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/james-henry-little-jim-lane.155734/ Formed in 1862, initially to oppose Federal forces invading along the North...
  8. Luke Freet

    James Henry "Little Jim" Lane

    An interesting Confederate general I feel. Born 28th July, 1833 in Virginia. Graduated from VMI in 1854, plus a masters degree from the University of Virginia. Served as a professor of mathematics at VMI, and then natural philosophy at North Carolina Military I until the war broke out. Though...
  9. nluciani

    "Yankee Drum"

    According to The Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society and Museum (Mt. Pleasant, NC), H.T.J. Ludwig "captured" the "yankee drum" at the Battle of Bentonville (NC) on March 21, 1865. Ludwig was a musician with Co. H, 8th NC Regt. and was part of the rear-guard action at Bentonville. Following the...
  10. Luke Freet

    Colonel Frank S. Armistead

    Francis Stanley Armistead (1835 - 18th April 1889) was the younger brother of famed Confederate General Lewis Armistead. He was born in Virginia and graduated from West Point before the war. He went south, becoming a staff officer (Probably the AAG) to General Longstreet during the 1st Manasass...
  11. ForeverFree

    Book Review Driven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee Crisis, by David Silkenat

    Driven from Home: North Carolina's Civil War Refugee Crisis, by David Silkenat, University Georgia Press Description of the book from the UGA Press site: Examining refugees of Civil War–era North Carolina, Driven from Home reveals the complexity and diversity of the war’s displaced populations...
  12. Belle Montgomery

    Two Civil War battlefields in Eastern NC will soon be getting larger

    Two Civil War battlefields in North Carolina will add more than 50 acres with the help of federal grants announced this week...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    25th N.C. Troops Captain Hargrove’s diary discovered among attic plunder

    "There were other heartfelt feelings expressed in the diary, but none more palpable or powerful as the following: I have known many who did not want to enlist or volunteer, but were influenced by some of the above illegitimate influences & now their bones are bleaching far from home or...
  14. Legion Para

    Tarheels at Gettysburg

  15. JPK Huson 1863

    North Carolina Steps Up For The War Widows

    Conveying her raw pain to us over the span of a century and a half, this mourning photo is evocative, if we allow it, of what ' War ' meant to thousands. Is she Southern? Northern? Does it matter? Her husband is dead. Neither side could be said to have placed importance on the welfare of...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    James C. Patton's Flying War Machine Of The Confederacy- Almost

    This pre-war invention was not Patton's, the basket holding ' provisions ', not bombs. Inventors leapt from cliffs, launched themselves skyward encased in canvas and filled sketchbooks with improbably soaring, iron, steam puffing monsters. That inventors would foresee an air war was inevitable...
  17. T

    Sgt. Robert Lee Weddington CSA North Carolina 20th Regiment Company A- HELP PLEASE!

    I've been researching my family history and ancestor's activities in the Civil War and I need some help finding more information. My great-great grandfather was Robert Lee Weddington of the CSA. He had 2 brothers, Samuel A. and William M., who were in the same Company and Regiment, and a sister...
  18. Kristen Hope

    Descendants Make The Charge

    This photo was taken near the North Carolina monument in Gettysburg in July 2017. Their 4th great uncle participated in Pickett’s Charge with the 47th North Carolina. His name was Corporal Rufus Pullen. Rufus’s brother, their 4th great grandfather Emelius, “went out sick” on July 1st. Rufus...
  19. JohnW.

    Pickett or Pettigrew? North Carolina at Gettysburg....A Historical Monograph

    A little (about 100 pages) pamphlet first printed in 1888 that tries to give the North Carolina troops that participated in the PPT charge the credit they were due. The charge wasn't all about Virginia!!!! A short, very interesting read with a most definite North Carolina slant...
  20. M.Warren

    Letters home from the enlisted men of the 6th Battalion N.C. Cavalry

    This is a series of 15 letters written by William C Penland of Clay county North Carolina. William was a member of Co. A, 7th Battalion North Carolina Cavalry. Colonel George N. Folk organized the 7th Battalion N.C. Cavalry at Asheville, N.C. July 18, 1862. The battalion was originally, composed...
  21. Tom Reagan

    26th North Carolina Infantry

    Foreword: I have seen many mentions of the 26th NC here on the site, and several threads about their actions (26th NC at the Angle, 26th NC Monument, ect.) but had yet to see a thread devoted to the 26th in its entirety. So I decided to put together a thread on the regiment so that everything...
  22. Tom Reagan

    Howdy from NC/VA

    Howdy all, new member here. Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel...
  23. allenhs

    Deserters

    What happened to people who were caught aiding deserters from the Confederate Army? For example, if someone helped a deserter hide out, would they be imprisoned or fined? I founds lots of information on the fate of actual deserters, but not on people who might have aided them. Thanks! H. Allen
  24. AUG

    Maj. Gen. Bryan Grimes

    Copying this post over from the 4th North Carolina Infantry thread. Bryan Grimes. When this photograph was taken he was a brigadier general. Bryan Grimes, Jr. was born November 2, 1828, on the ancestral family plantation, "Grimesland Plantation," in Pitt County, North Carolina. His father was...
  25. AUG

    4th North Carolina Infantry

    Three unidentified enlisted men in the 4th North Carolina Infantry. The Fourth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops was organized at Camp Hill, near Garysburg, NC, in May 1861, and was mustered into service there in June. The men were mostly recruited from Iredell, Rowan, Wayne, Beaufort...
  26. robfergusonjr

    THOMAS, William Holland (Wil-Usdi) CSA

    William Holland Thomas was a white first-generation born American. He was a businessman, planter, and author; agent and attorney of the eastern Cherokee; member of the North Carolina state senate; railroad & wagon road builder; commander of Thomas' Legion (69th North Carolina Regiment); and...
  27. leftyhunter

    Col. George Washington Kirk 2nd and 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Union.

    Col. Kirk is a very controversial figure in the Civil War. George Kirk was a native of Greene County,Tn. Kirk originally enlisted in the Confederate Army but deserted early on. It is not clear if Kirk was enthusiastic about the CSA cause or he just joined to avoid punishment for not doing so...
  28. AUG

    Portrait of Capt. Jesse Sharpe Barnes has been misidentified

    These portraits are now known to be Major Thomas Martin of the 13th North Carolina, Co. E, and are found in the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs divisions has announced that their two ambrotypes of Wilson County native...
  29. AUG

    Capt. Jesse Sharpe Barnes, Co. F, 4th North Carolina

    Edit: It has been discovered that the well-known photographs originally thought to be Capt. Barnes are actually of Major Thomas Martin of the 13th North Carolina (see article Here). I have replaced the above photo with the true image of Capt. Barnes. The following is from Capt. Barnes' Find A...


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