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 ...
Thousands of men from North Carolina enlisted to fight in the Civil War, many them for the Confederacy, but some – including 1,300, white, eastern North Carolinians – went against their state’s government and fought for the Union Army. They were later joined by nearly 1,100 black men from region. Story continued at Public Radio East […]