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Lenoir Braves (Part 2)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Larsen Feb 10, 2014. 1 Reply

Here's the rest of the Lenoir Braves that enlisted prior to the battle at Hatteras Inlet: John W. Bunn /Private /25 July 1861Richard Bunn /Private /25 July 1861Everett W. Hill /Private /25 July…Continue

Lenoir Braves at Hatteras (Part 1)

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The following men enlisted in the Lenoir Braves prior to the battle at Hatteras Inlet: Name / Rank / Enlistment DateAlfred Baisden /Private 9 /June 1861 /POW – paroled for exchange 17 Dec 1861William…Continue

Jonesboro Guards - Captain W.A. Duke's Independent Company

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Long Jan 27, 2015. 2 Replies

Here's where all the Jonesboro Guards ended up after the battle at Hatteras Inlet. Seven men were sick the day of the battle and were left in camp. These were captured when Fort Hatteras was…Continue

What would you like to see at the Museum of the Albemarle's Civil War exhibit?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Meekins May 4, 2010. 2 Replies

The Civil War exhibit now displayed at the State Museum is scheduled to move to MOA. (I'm not sure as to the timetable.) The collection is sadly lacking in artifacts from the northeastern part of the…Continue


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Camden Heritage Museum

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 4:44am 0 Comments

The Camden Heritage Museum includes the old 1910 jail that sits directly behind the main museum. We've had over 700 visitors since we opened in September 2017. You can always find someone there to talk history with on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 until…


New Camden County Hertiage Museum opens

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The new museum in Camden opened Friday, Sept. 15th. Here's a glimpse inside



There is an error in the Henningsen report on the Battle of Elizabeth City

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Colonel Charles F. Henningsen took temporary command of the Wise Legion artillery late in January 1862. He sent six pieces of artillery, five 6-pdr smoothbore brass cannons and one iron 3-inch rifled gun, to Elizabeth City, NC, His February 12th report states:

"Finding at Currituck Court House that provision and forage could not be obtained to proceed to Powell's Point , or even to remain at the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal any nearer than Elizabeth City, marched there on…


New life!

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 5:58pm 0 Comments

The new owners of the NING Networks have given Ning 2.0 subscribers a reprieve. My network is renewed until February 18, 2018, at the same rate as before. They are also making software fixes to stabilize the network. I will continue to copy material over to a Word Press site as a backup, but I plan to begin adding content to this site again as well beginning today.

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At 8:18pm on December 12, 2017, Jim Scholl said…

Thanks for writing. I stay up so hours researching.

I am interested in writing about the local defense forces because little is known, by me anyway, about them. I imagine they had a role to play.


At 2:24am on December 31, 2014, Linda Carver Clark said…

its a terrific board

At 2:21am on December 31, 2014, Linda Carver Clark said…

My Aunt Helen Stevenson worked as a manager for many years at Houtz and Barwick of E City (who made 1st class camping gear, cots and kit stools)--- she lived on the river at Taylor's Beach. She passed back in the 80's I believe. I am not certain that her house is still standing. Back in those days, there was a house built on pilings standing alone out in the river very near her breakfront and pier.  It was an odd sight---One had to wade out or ride in a dingy to visit it.

At 6:15pm on December 29, 2014, Linda Carver Clark said…

Dad dredged in the Pasquotank st Taylor's Beach...

At 6:13pm on December 29, 2014, Linda Carver Clark said…

Thanks!  Eddie Congleton is my neighbor.  He sure knows a lot about the Pickett.  Our artifact along with many artifacts are at  Kure Beach with Dr. Lawrence who is mentioned in the article.  Dr. Lawrence suggested that the Pickett artifacts could possibly be made available to be displayed in here in Washington (where she lies) if folks showed sufficient interest---I have told many people this---but nothing has transpired.  Dad found the Pickett in 1969.  He has passed since.

At 12:30am on July 12, 2013, Kelly Hicks Whitehurst said…

I can see there is so much conflicting information in nearly every source I have uncovered. The best information so far has come by word of mouth handed down through families. Thank you so much for clearing a few things up. I know in the late 1700s, there was only the ferry to Elizabeth City, but some of these newspaper articles are referring to a bridge to Elizabeth City, so it seems there must have been one built by the time the war broke out. The location of the actual battle is well documented, but I enjoy finding the details of all the movement of troops and then placing it in my mind today. In other towns we visit to see the battlefields, there is an abundance of information, whereas the Battle of South Mills, I usually only find a paragraph or two. The letters from the soldiers in these newspapers you have tracked down are so very interesting. You have put alot of work into this website - thank you!

At 11:48pm on July 9, 2013, Kelly Hicks Whitehurst said…

Just learned that reports of Reno leaving behind his dead and wounded were inaccurate. Newspaper articles from both sides report Reno requested permission to bury his dead,and he was able to do so unmolested. Funny how both sides claimed victory too, even though Reno retreated while never even getting close to the locks. Retreated when they outnumbered the Stars and Bars 10-1.

At 3:44am on July 9, 2013, Kelly Hicks Whitehurst said…

Bruce, I just found the link for the historical newspapers. What an awesome find! Thank you (and anyone else involved) so much for taking the time to dig those up. First hand accounts are the best in my book any day!

At 4:53pm on July 8, 2013, Kelly Hicks Whitehurst said…

Yes Bruce, we were at Devil's Den, and then took a few from the Slaughter Pen, looking upward. When we were there in April, they were cutting timber on Big Round Top to restore it to it's battle condition. I am obsessed with Gettysburg. Never get tired of making that trip

At 4:50pm on July 8, 2013, Kelly Hicks Whitehurst said…

I would like to find that book on the Buffaloe / Guerrilla feud


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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