Mary and James Riggs

The family of James Bryant Riggs

James Bryant Riggs was born Dec. 29, 1839 in Swansboro, NC.  He was the son of Noah F. Riggs and Ruthy Meadows. 1850 Census, White Oak, Onslow County, North Carolina In ...

Phillips Brothers

The family of Edward Nash Phillips

Edward H. (Nash) Phillips was born May 15, 1834 , he was the son of Allen Phillips and Susan Winberry of Onslow County. 1850 Census, Swansboro, North Carolina 1860 Census, Swansboro ...

William G Smith

The family of William Gaston Smith

Photos courtesy of Cole Smith. William Gaston Smith was born May 10, 1835, he was the son of Asa Smith and Mariam Hatsell of Onslow County. 1850 Census, Swansboro, North ...


A photograph of Capt. David Fry, left, and Sgt. John McCoy are on display in the Voices of the Land exhibit at the East Tennessee History Center. Fry organized the 1861 raid to burn the Rebel-held Lick Creek bridge in Greene County.

Southern Unionists

“It was easy to be a Union man in Ohio or Pennsylvania, but ...

North Carolina Union Volunteers

History will do them justice, when it shall come to be fairly & fully ...

The Lyon Post of the Grand Army of the Republic

Charles A. Lyon Post #57 in New Bern, North Carolina This post ...

The McLane Post of the Grand Army of the Republic

McLane GAR Post #50 was formed in Perquimans County in 1893.  It was named for Capt. ...

In the hour of their country’s peril, they were loyal and true

Pottertown Bridge Burners, Unionists Pay the Ultimate Price Jacob Harmon Christopher Alexander ...

1st Alabama Cavalry at the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads

CWSAC Battle Summaries Monroe’s Crossroads Other Names: Fayetteville Road, Blue’s Farm Location: Hoke ...

Refuse To Bow Down

The Hoggard brothers of Bertie County Thomas, Gerald W.  Divided Allegiances:  Bertie ...

Ole Pap fought with the Yankees

William David Thomas William David Thomas was born in Bertie County in ...

The Mother of All Southern Unionists Monuments

Knoxville National Cemetery The Knoxville National Cemetery, established in 1863, is located within ...

Remembering the Southern Men at Andersonville

Andersonville Prison 2nd North Carolina Union Volunteers Bowen, William E.-Captured at Plymouth, ...

Civil War Sword of Pvt. James Phelps

Photos and information courtesy of  Michael I. Phelps James Phelps
Carton Hobbs

Charleton Hobbs

National Cemetery, New Bern, NC The following passage is from Bertie in ...

They accused me of being a Buffalo

John H. Haddock Claim Number:  15076 Claim Date:  20-Dec-1875 Southern Claims Commission ...

Kinston Hangings

Murder of Union soldiers in North Carolina. Letter from the secretary of ...

Biography of Jesse James Summerlin

Biography of Jesse James Summerlin Researched and Written by Dick Hamly Permission ...

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25 Years of Marriage

God has blessed me with a wonderful woman.

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North Carolina Civil War Monuments

These monuments were not a defiant call for the “South to rise again,” nor were they a standard artistic form. Instead these varied commemorations often expressed sorrow and grief through complex symbolism and a rich selection of poetry and prose (Butler).   Butler, Douglas. North Carolina Civil War Monuments an Illustrated History. Jefferson, North Carolina: […]

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Photo courtesy of my friend, Bonita Harper


DUAL DESTINY The Civil War was not fought between the North and South but between the Union and Confederate Armies. Perhaps as many as 300,000 Southerners served in the Union Army. The majority of the Appalachian South from West Virginia to Winston County was pro-Union. Winston provided 239 Union and 112 Confederate soldiers, 21 of […]

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If Slavery Is Not Wrong, Nothing Is Wrong

On March 26, 1864, former Senator Archibald Dixon, Governor Thomas E. Bramlette, and Albert G. Hodges, editor of the Frankfort, Kentucky, Commonwealth, journeyed from Kentucky to meet with Lincoln to discuss the recruitment of slaves as soldiers in Kentucky. There was considerable dissatisfaction in the Blue Grass state on the issue because, although the Emancipation […]

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Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1977

Atlanta Rhythm Section


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Not A Soldier, But A Scoundrel: The Lives and Deaths of George W. Graham

Amazon George W. Graham joined the Union Army in 1861. Already a publicity seeker, he would be later remembered more for his pillaging while he was an officer with the 1st North Carolina Union Volunteers. Later, as a commander of the first of the Buffalo Soldier troops, he met Buffalo Bill, served with Medal of […]

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Moses Taylor

Moses Taylor

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John L. Austin

John L. Austin  

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Photo courtesy of Cori at Find A Grave

Richard G. Farrow

Richard G. Farrow

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Southern Unionists in the OBX

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