Civil War in NE North Carolina

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Chris Meekins's Blog – October 2010 Archive (3)

National Archives - fruits and nuts

I had a few moments to spend in the National Archives recently - and I forgot what a challenge that can be. Timed pulls and limits on quantity or number of records works to hamper the researcher who has only an afternoon to give to the cause. Nonetheless I was able to check six pension records of USCT from Fletcher Post. I am still sorting that information.

So the fruits are that the NA in DC is the mother lode in terms of materials. The nuts are the stringent rules that curb research… Continue

Added by Chris Meekins on October 23, 2010 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Beginnings of the Fletcher Post ...

President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The intent was to free slaves in any state in rebellion against the federal government. A state could show it was not in rebellion by having a duly elected official in the US Congress. Although North Carolina would try to elect

such an official (and fail), the man in charge of local United States forces in Elizabeth City when the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was…


Added by Chris Meekins on October 15, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Fletch Post in the Daily Advance


I am in contact with a reporter at the Daily Advance and am working with him to get a story in the paper. he seemed receptive to the idea and we are trying to make some plans. I made sure to include Bruce and Don Pendergraft and also mention Wendell Small.

If all goes through I hope to get a human interest story in the press and see if we can't shake the descendant tree and see if anyone falls out! My thought is to do a history gathering day - collect family histories,… Continue

Added by Chris Meekins on October 14, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

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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