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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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?
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)
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 amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com 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