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William F Martin Camp #1590 United Confederate Veterans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Long Dec 12, 2017. 7 Replies

Hello Fellow Civil War fans,In Robert Elliott's book about his Tarheel Confederate (published in the 1990s) he has several pages regarding the WF Martin Camp - pictures, copy of a condolence card,…Continue

Questioning history

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Sam F. Leary Sep 1, 2011. 9 Replies

The Civil War in North Carolina is a well-documented and often written about period of the state's history.  In the past few years the historiography of the Civil War in North Carolina has undergone…Continue


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Merry Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:01am 0 Comments

Merry Christmas to all.

150 years ago the US combined army and navy forces failed to take Fort Fisher.  It was only a matter of time before they returned and tried again.

But for 1864 a Christmas miracle for the defenders of Fort Fisher!

Civil Authority in Elizabeth City during the war

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Civil authority remained in control of the city, with a few hiccups, until February 1863.

The Federal attack and occupation on February 9, 1862 was short lived.  By Feb 14th Confederate forces were back in the city itself, Union forces having withdrawn.  Although elements of the civil authority fled before the fighting on February 9th 1862, the civil government remained in charge of the town - neither the federal or Confederate forces declared a martial law.

Confederate forces…


Thumbs up

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:08pm 1 Comment

Nice work on all those links to unit pages, etc.  Double thumbs up!

Finally found a group of possible living relatives of a USCT and GAR guy

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 3:39pm 5 Comments

I have been trying to find living people who had a USCT or African American soldier or sailor as an ancestor.  Doing reverse genealogy is not as easy as genealogy (genealogy goes from what you know backward to the next earlier generation - reverse genealogy takes a historical figure and tries to find kids, grand kids, etc.).


I have found a group of descendants for Riley G. Lee, Co. F, 35th USCT.

Riley G. Lee marries Sarah A. Harris circa…


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At 4:38pm on January 11, 2015, Elaine Mackey Richardson said…

Hi Chris,

I came across a blog from 2011 where you and a Bruce Long were talking about ancestors of Riley G. Lee, a solider.  In the conversation between you and Bruce, listed was my aunt Sarah Edith Mackey Everett's Children.  Sarah was the granddaugther of Riley G.Lee.  The blog listed my cousins: Ceclephus, Michael, Angela and Cheryl Everett by their dates of birth.  It seems that Bruce Long might have gone to school with Celephus Everett.  They are all originally from Elizabeth City, N.C.

After stumbling on that blog, from 2011, I've not been able to get back to the page, so I can't tell you the subject of the blog.  In that blog, I discovered the name of my great grandfather....Riley G. Lee, and my father's sister.

Thank you for responding to my comment. Bruce mention John Blount, who Celephus Jr., was friends with also in the comments.

At 9:51pm on January 8, 2015, Elaine Mackey Richardson said…

Hi Chris,

I am Elaine Mackey Richardson.  I am a great grand daugther of Riley G. Lee.  His daugther Serena Carter Lee was my grandmother.  My first cousins are the children of Sarah Edith Mackey Everett.  They all currently live in the Atlanta Ga. area.

I was recently doing a search for my grandfather Henry A. Mackey's parents, when I stumbled onto your blog...looking for Ancestors of Riley G. Lee.  I was surprise to say the least, to see that you had revealed the name of my great grand parents on my grandmother's side.  I recently spoke with Angela & Cheryl Everett and told them about my discovery. We are all very interested in speaking with you.  Thank you for filling that link in our family chain.

At 10:46pm on February 20, 2011, Chris Meekins said…
you betcha.  Not great photos on my part but they are all clear, I think.
At 9:43pm on February 20, 2011, Bruce Long said…
Wow! Three members on at the same time! I hope you are busily uploading the GAR photos.
At 11:40am on March 27, 2010, Bruce Long said…
Nice photo. I've tried three different ones, but they all came out looking like me!
At 10:08am on March 16, 2010, Bruce Long said…
Greetings, Chris. I'm playing around with creating my own Civil War social networking site. I just created it last night, so there isn't much up to see yet. I plan to start a blog on what we are doing concerning the Appomattox and another on the work Charles McDonald and I are doing on South Millss.

Books writtenby site members

Mike Zatarga's new book The Battle of Roanoke Island (top) is out from The History Press..The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.


Jim Gaddis has a new book out as well. Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina is available at and as well as at a couple of bookstores in the Elizabeth City area:

Page After Page, Eliz. City, NC

Museum of the Albemarle


Robert Smith's book The History of Fort Ocracoke in Pamlico Sound from The History Press is currently available as well. The Museum of the Albemarle has copies in stock.

It looks like there are a plenty of new reads for Civil War buffs in northeastern North Carolina!


From last summer

Lee Oxford's book is also for sale online,  in area bookstores, and at local museums

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