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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

At 7:03pm on June 4, 2013, Robert Smith said…

I will be happy to share a bio on William F. Lynch.  You have the only known photo. I would like to visit with you this summer and am looking for a good time for you.  I am not excavating in the Middle East this summer. I need to wrap up this project since the 150th of Lynch's death is in 2015.

At 10:26pm on May 30, 2013, LTC(Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III said…

Terry was the inspiration for my roster efforts!  I am truly in good company with you and Terry. 

At 9:39pm on May 30, 2013, LTC(Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III said…

Thanks.  Glad to be aboard.

At 2:29pm on August 9, 2012, Bill Ward said…

Thanks for the welcome. Have found a lot of interesting info here as well as some great blogs. You stated that you have found a lot of relatives while doing research. What group of Long's are you from? My mother's maiden name is Long.

At 1:45am on July 7, 2012, Craig McCarrick said…

I do, Billy is my cousin. That would be quite a find ! I'm relatively new to the site-when i get some time I'll take a look at the naval site. Has Billy sent you any pictures from the tombs/gravsites at St Mary's in Norfolk?

At 9:04pm on June 22, 2011, K watkins said…
Hello all of my ancestors were from Eastern NC and all the males of age fought in the Civil war. Major Franklin Sanderson and his brother Henry(both captured at Hateras and paroled in Dec. 1861) of the Lenoir braves on my mother's side and although they were at Fort fisher or in the NC 3rd Obediah Watkins (13th light artillary), Lewis Watkins(NC 13th Light artillary), Hoss Reaves(killed at Wilderness,3rd NC) Watson Watkins, Silas Watkins (wounded in Virginia, died at Savanah after prisoner exchange)
At 12:41am on May 2, 2011, Mick Werve said…

The site is looking good!

NC is happening.



At 9:51pm on February 20, 2011, James Wesley Baugh said…

Mr Madre actually lives about 3 miles West of me although I don't believe I have ever met him. Don't think I've heard of the other gentlemen.

I'm actually in the big city of Blounts Creek, about 11 miles East of chocowinity.

Any info on the fight here, 9 April 1863, would be greatly appreciated.



Jim Baugh

At 9:33pm on February 20, 2011, James Wesley Baugh said…

Thanks for the Howdy Do, Bruce.

Been studying the "Late Unpleasantness" for , going on, 50 years since my Dad would take me all over Northern VA when we lived up there. Been near Washington, NC for a long time.

Look forward to meeting a few of you for some lively conversation.



Jim Baugh

At 1:29pm on January 20, 2011, Arthur Larsen said…
My interest is in my wife's Kinston great grandfather, Major Franklin Sanderson, private, Lenoir Braves, 1861.

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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