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A Newspaper Printed in Raleigh, North Carolina
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information about people whose lives were dramatically disrupted by a conflict over a century ago.
Articles such as the one below that relate to North Carolinians have been selected for their genealogical
and historical content.
The organization of this book is simple. A chronological arrangement of selected news items, letters and
articles, form the first part. The second and third parts include marriage, and death notices, followed
by a thirty-four page comprehensive index with over 5,000 names. This 6" x 9" publication containing 635
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-- Myrtle Bridges
Indianapolis, Ind., June 25, 1860. I happened
to stop at Bloomington, Ill., a few days ago, and
there was a public meeting, the object of which I
understood, was to make preparations for the
celebration of the 4th of July. The young men and
old seemed to be entering into the arrangements with
lively interest. They were drinking champagne and
making 'spread-eagle' speeches, and occasionally
toasts would be drank; sometimes to men, at others
to States; and after awhile one was drank to North
Carolina, I do not know in what words, but it was
complimentary, and it seems that they had it arranged
for someone to respond, and it was done by a man,
(I do not know his name,) in very chaste language,
referring to her past history, but said he was a citizen
of Illinois, hence did not go in with as much ardor as
he supposed her sons would. At this point a young gentle-
man, who had before this engaged in conversation with
gentlemen aside, apparently not listening to the speakers,
arose and said he was a Carolinian and gloried in it, and being such he could not remain silent when his State
was spoken of in such terms. He went back to her revolutionary history, and to the Mecklenburg Declaration, and
declaimed most eloquently of the heroism of her sons and daughters in that time that 'tried men's souls.' He
spoke of our glorious Union, and sent up a fervent prayer that it might never be severed; and in speaking of
the extent of our country, he said (for I asked him for the exact language, as it struck me,) "I am
speaking here one thousand miles from the land of my nativity, and yet I feel I am at home; and should I be
way down South, on the borders of Texas, I should feel likewise. Yes, in whatever part of this glorious Union
I may be, I shall feel at home. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the icebound regions of the North to
the vine-clad bowers of the sunny South one mighty heart throbs to the tune of Union and Liberty." He
then went on in eloquent appeals to the people of the North to check as far as they could the sectional agitation,
to keep in sight the mutual forbearance which actuated our forefathers in the formation of the Federal Union.
He then gave them a little touch about their ignorance of the institutions about which they were making so
much noise. He told them to visit plantations and see for themselves, and they would be better disposed
towards their Southern brethren. He advised more intercourse. He spoke nearly an hour about various things-
telling stories about 'Cuffy,' and about what were the ideas of the people in some sections over which he
had traveled. I have gone thus into this speech because I was so much pleased with it myself, to hear a
Southern 'boy' (for such he seemed) utter such sentiments in the midst of abolitionism. As soon as he quit
I went to him and told him I was with him heart and hand and introduced myself, whereupon he gave me his name
and residence, which was G. W. Blount, from Nashville, North Carolina. As we were both strangers, we had to
tell our names to one or two, and then we were over-whelmed with introductions and invitations to drink
champagne, and I may with propriety add, and not say anything derogatory to him whose name I have mentioned,
that many toasts were drunk, and that by train time we were ready to start in high spirits.
SAMPLE NEWS ITEMS (417 PAGES)
October 30, 1861
THE FIRST N.C. REGIMENT
Just before the battle of Great Bethel, a Mrs. Tunnell residing near Hampton, whose husband had
been arrested, driven from her home, made her way through the darkness of the night and communicated
to General Hill the plans and the early approach of the enemy. The regiment through their officers
have made a testimonial of their high appreciation of her services and she acknowledges its receipt
in the following beautiful letter. General Hill speaks of her as having saved our army from destruction.
York County, Oct. 19, 1861
Gen. D. H. Hill, Cols. C. C. Lee, and James H. Lane, and members of the 1st Regt. N.C. Vols.
Gentlemen: in acknowledging the reception of your kind favor, I scarce know how to thank you. To have
contributed the humblest service to your gallant regiment in their glorious achievement at Bethel would
ever have given me the most intense gratification, but to have won the approval of brave men to be deemed
by them not unworthy this generous evidence of their kindness will always be to me a source of joyful
remembrance, which I shall cherish through life, and, I hope now, with just pride, bequeath as an
inheritance to my children. May it be to them an incentive to imitate your patriotism and your virtues.
May a kind Providence ever 'shelter your heads in the day of battle.' May each of you be the recipients
of the reward due to distinguished valor and merit. Yours, truly and sincerely, Hannah Tunnell
LETTER TO EDITOR
Fort Caswell, N.C., October 24, 1861
Mr. Editor: I am again down at the 'ruffles of the deep,' looking through the Colonel's spyglass at
Uncle Abe's sailboats fishing. One fellow has just pulled in a whale. There are three steamers off
New Inlet this morning, and two cruising off Old Inlet. From Baldhead lighthouse one can distinctly
see the men stirring about on deck, and the 'iron mounters' peeping from off. A large barque came up
to them late yesterday evening and brought something, but daylight being nearly gone, I was unable
to tell what it was. The steamers fired a salute of seven guns as she moved off. There are now at
Smithville some one or two thousand soldiers. Two batteries have been thrown up back of Smithville,
in case the enemy should effect a landing at Smithville, or Lockwood's Valley, some six miles from
Smithville. Captain J. J. Hedrick, of Zeik's Island, I understand, is to be in command. An efficient
officer to succeed Capt. Hedrick.
The friends and relatives of soldiers at Smithville and Caswell, may be happy to learn that they
are all, with few exceptions, well and hearty. Worrell
We have been pleased to see in Raleigh for several days, a distinguished native of the place, Gen.
John L. T. Sneed, of Somerville, Tennessee. Gen. Sneed has been on a visit to his relatives and friends
here, and left on Tuesday morning for his home. He was appointed a general in the Tennessee forces by
Gov. Harris; and though his commission expired by the transfer of the troops to the Confederate government,
we have no doubt that he will soon be in active service again.
FROM HARPER'S FERRY-BRUTALITIES OF THE FEDERAL TROOPS
Two young ladies belonging to Harper's Ferry, Miss Sallie Becker and Miss Annie Clasky, arrived in this
city by the Central cars on Sunday. They are both refugees from their homes, and are seeking a temporary
abode among friends in North Carolina. They have been instrumental, for some time past, in giving aid to
such of our friends as have fallen into the hands of the Hessians.
On Wednesday week they assisted in the escape of one of Henderson's troopers, who had been captured
by the enemy. Their complicity in the affair was discovered by Gen. Banks, who ordered Miss Becker to
be taken into custody. She managed, however, to escape on Sunday week, and, with her friend, walked to
Haltown where conveyance was procured to the railroad. From this source we have the following particulars:
The Federal troops around Harper's Ferry are committing the most fiendish brutalities and are spreading
terror wherever they push their marauding expeditions. The common practice among the privates seems to be
to sell their rations for whiskey, under the influence of which they enter the houses of private citizens,
Union men meeting with not more favor than secessionists, and committing every species of depredation.
The furniture in the house of one gentleman, a physician, was completely destroyed because he refused
to furnish dinner for a party of drunken soldiers. On Tues., October 10th, a daughter of Mr. Hunter,
(who runs the ferry between Loudoun and Harper's Ferry,) a little girl only 9 years of age, was killed
by the enemy. She was playing beside the river, when a Yankee soldier, on the opposite side, deliberately
shot her through the head. The body floated about on the river until recovered, some hours after. The
children, while going and returning from school, are frequently shot at by the Federal pickets. All who
can get away from Harper's Ferry, without too great sacrifices, are doing so, and escaping to the South. Richmond Enquirer
A GOOD EXAMPLE
We observe a card in the Petersburg Express from Rev. James L. Fisher, the Meth. minister stationed in
Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., in which he announced the receipt of a number of useful articles
for our troops from the ladies and gentlemen of that section, and that he had delivered them in person
to the North Carolina troops at Yorktown, Virginia, as designated by the donors. Ministers who are not
chaplains can in no better way promote the war, in conformity with their ecclesiastical vows, than in
following this example.
November 6, 1861
THE INDUSTRIOUS MRS. HARRIS OF CABARRUS
We learn that Mrs. Wm. S. Harris of Cabarrus County, has contributed to the soldiers twenty-four shirts,
thirty-four pairs drawers, thirty-nine pairs socks, twelve towels, twelve pillows and cases, four sheets,
three mattresses, six blankets, and made various other contributions during the summer to the soldiers
from Cabarrus stationed at Fort Caswell.
November 13, 1861
THE YANKEE FLEET-THE STORM, ETC.
The history of this country does not produce an instance of fitting up so expensive, so complete and
so formidable a naval armament, as that which Lincoln set afloat a few days ago from Old Point to ravage
the Southern coast. The Northern papers are filled with encomiums upon its completeness and power. Of
its eminent success they seem to have no doubt. The number of vessels is estimated at sixty to one hundred,
having on board an army numbering, according to different accounts, from fifteen to thirty thousand men.
The fleet made a grand display in passing out at the capes of Virginia, and when seen on the ocean was
moving South in three divisions, with streamers flying, bent upon crushing the South. As it appeared off
our coast fortifications the fleet seemed to hesitate, as if to menace the entire coast. Inflated with
pride and burning with rage at the ill success which has crowned the efforts of the North, in the midst
of it highest hopes, the fleet encountered on Friday last one of the most violent storms on our Atlantic
coast within the recollection of the oldest inhabitants. The winds raged incessantly for twenty-five
hours the ocean was lashed into unwonted fury. God was in the storm and fought for the South. Ere that
day's peril was known among the fleet, the beach at intervals, from Virginia to Charleston, was strewed
with dead horses, cattle, potatoes, onions, etc.
On Sunday morning last, two large ships were discovered, one a steamer and the other supposed to be
the Great Republic, beached near Kill Devil Hills, on Currituck shore, about ten miles north of Roanoke
Island. The breakers were dashing over the vessels, and several others of the fleet stood off firing,
either signals of distress or to keep the wreckers off.
On Saturday, as we mentioned in our last, the steamer Union, a transport of the fleet , went ashore
on Bogue Island, about twelve miles south of Fort Macon. Eighty-one of her crew and persons connected
with the army were taken prisoners, who have been brought to this city for sake keeping. This wreck is
likely to prove a valuable acquisition. We learn from a correspondent of the Newbern Progress that
articles to the value of $100,000 will be saved. Already two rifled 2 1/2 pounders, Sharp's rifles,
cartridges, eleven horses, eight hundred blankets, etc., etc., have been saved. Her engine will be
recovered, worth $30,000. She had on board sixty-four horses, hay, oats, powder, gun carriages, whiskey,
coal, baggage wagons, and provisions. A letter has been found addressed to the captain, notifying him
in case anything should happen, that the attack of the fleet would be made at Port Royal. The Union is
a total wreck.
Another of the steam transports was driven ashore on Georgetown Bar, S.C., and another was lying in
distress near the beach, about 15 miles north of the Bar. The crew of the first, nineteen men and two
Negroes, went to Georgetown and surrendered themselves. Her cargo consisted of live cattle and potatoes.
A steamer went down to lighten her and carry her to Georgetown, and it was thought she would be successful.
Col. Manigault with two companies had left Georgetown for the purpose of capturing the crew of the other.
It is possible that the damage done to the fleet was much greater, but the above is all that is known at
On Tuesday last, eight Federal steamers appeared off Port Royal, S.C., and began the attack. Our
batteries and Com. Tattnall's steamers replied to them and succeeded in disabling one and the other ran
ashore. They expected to capture her. Five hundred men left Savannah at night for the scene of action.
The latest account received is, that forty-two Federal vessels were in line of battle off Port Royal.
Many vessels are still missing, but the force there was a heavy one, and we wait with trembling anxiety
to hear the result. That point, we have no doubt, will be early reinforced by Federal Troops.
SAMPLE MARRIAGE NOTICES (34 PAGES)
January 26, 1859
* Married in this city, on the 6th inst., by Rev. J. M. Atkinson, Mr. W. F. Huggins, of
Trenton, Jones County, N.C., to Miss E. A. Yeargan, of Raleigh.
* Married in Nash County on Thursday, the 13th inst., by H. G. Williams, Esq., Lawrence
Battle, Esq., to Miss Bettie F. Taylor.
* Married on the 13th instant, at the residence of the bride's father, by B. C. Hopkins, Esq.,
Mr. W. M. Marcom of Wake County, to Miss Adaline Greene, of Orange County, the daughter of Samuel
* Married at the residence of Stephen Norfleet, Esq., Bertie County, on the 19th inst., by
Rev. Benj. S. Bronson, Miss Margaret A. Norfleet, of Bertie County, and Elias Hines, Esq., of Edenton.
February 2, 1859
* Married in this city, on the 26th ult., by Geo. H. Faribault, Esq., Mr. Hackney Poole to
Miss Harriett H. Putney.
February 23, 1859
* Married in Summerfield, Alabama, on the morning of the 8th instant, at the residence of
the bride's father, by the Rev. Dr. Edward Wadsworth, Col. John A. Averitt, Jr., of North Carolina to
Miss Eliza Evans, only daughter of the late Dr. James B. Markham.
March 2, 1859
* Married on the 17th inst., at Governor Reid's in Rockingham Co., by Rev. E. Dodson, Anselem
Reed, Esq., of Aillsdale, N.C. and Miss Annie C., youngest daughter of the late Reuben Reid, Esq.
* Married in Clinton, on Thursday, 17th inst., by the Rev. Joseph C. Huske, Mr. Gabriel Holmes,
of Brunswick, to Miss Carrie, dau. of Richard C. Holmes, Esq., of Sampson.
* Married in Onslow County at the residence of Mr. A. J. Murrill, on Tues., 22nd inst., by
David W. Saunders, Esq., John F. Jarrill to Miss Mary J. Ambrose, all of Onslow.
* Married in this city, on the 17th inst., by Rev. D. R. Bruton, Mr. Edmund M. Roberts to
Miss Mary J. Winfrey.
* Married in Murfreesboro, Thursday morning, 17th inst., by the Rev. Arch'd McDowell, Wm.
McL. McKay, Esq., of Fayetteville, to Lizzie Hatchell, of the former place.
March 9, 1859
* Married In this city, on Thursday morning last, by Rev. L. L. Hendren, Mr. Ebenezer Burns,
Commoner in last Legislature from Cabarrus County, to Miss Elizabeth S., second daughter of Mr. H. J.
Brown, of this city.
* Married in Jackson Tenn., on the 14th ultimo, Hon. Calvin Graves of Caswell County, N.C.
and Mrs. Mary L. Lea, formerly of Petersburg, Va.
* Married at Wake Forest College on Monday, the 21st ultimo, by Rev. W. M. Wingate, Mr.
Philip W. Johnson, of Alabama, formerly of Surry County, to Miss Emma Purefoy, of the former place.
* Married in Orange County, Sunday eve., at the Baptist Church, by the Rev. John Mitchell,
Mr. William J. Freeland to Miss Harriett N. Holeman, daughter of Mr. Samuel Holeman.
SAMPLE DEATH NOTICES (132 PAGES)
February 3, 1864
* Died at the hospital, in Raleigh, 7th Jan., Joseph Tucker, of Mallett's Battalion, in the 18th year
of his age. He had entered service about three months previous to his death, was taken sick with the
measles, which soon terminated his short but glorious career. He was a young man of amiable disposition
and noble bearing, frank, generous, and openhearted; but alas! that kind heart ceases to beat, and his
body now lies in the family burying ground. G. E. M.
* Died at Falling Creek, Wayne Co., 24th instant, in the 42nd year of his age, Mr. Matthew Everitt, a
worthy citizen, much lamented by his family and friends.
February 10, 1864
* Died at his residence, in Iredell County, 8th January, Ivy Gaither, aged about 48 yrs. His disease
was pneumonia, which terminated in his death in about 2 weeks. He had lived a member of the M. E. Church
for many years. J.B.H.
* Died Dec. 28th, 1863, in the Hospital in Washington City, D. C. Corporal John W. Cox, in the 20th year
of his age. He was a native of Jones County, N.C., and son of the late John H. Cox, Esq., His death was
caused by wounds received at the battle at Kelly's Ford, Va. 7th on Nov., 1863. The deceased volunteered
at the commencement of the war in Company G, 2nd Reg't, NC Troops. The remembrance of his many private
virtues, his deeds of daring, and his selfsacrificing and heroic death will live long in the memory of
a grateful country.
February 17, 1864
* Died at his residence in this city, on Sat. last, Mr. H. L. Evans, merchant of this place, in the 42nd
year of his age, a highly respectable and worthy citizen.
* Died in City of Raleigh, Sun. last, after a lingering illness, A. G. Drake, Esq.
* Died near New Hill, N.C., 24th December, 1863, Tabitha, eldest daughter of James and Sarah A. Ennis,
in the 8th year of her age. She was the pride of her parents, but her innocent spirit hath taken flight
to that land where they may meet her again to part no more forever. R. M. B.
* Died on David's Island, New York, on 18th Jan., from the effects of a wound received in the action
at Gettysburg, Pa., July 1st 1863, Leonidas Pearsall, son of William D. and Sarah Pearsall, of Kenansville,
* Died at the hospital in Wilm., Feb. 7th, of typhoid fever, Orderly Sergeant G. H. Pitts, of Co. B,
66th NCT. Our dear Orderly is no more. He has exchanged this life of sorrow, for one we hope of peace.
The deceased was a native of Nash County, and entered service at the beginning of the war and was soon
made Orderly Sergeant, which office he held at the time of his death. He leaves an aged father, brothers
and sisters to mourn their loss, besides his place can never be filled in his company. May we all meet him
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