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 ...
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]