The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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  • Raburn, Wm., (of Georgia,) Halifax.
  • Steele, J. H., (N. H.,) Rowan,
  • Stokes, Montford, (Ark.,) Wm. B., (Tenn.,)
  • White, Hugh L., (Tenn.,) Iredell.
  • Williams, Thomas, (Miss.,) Surry. Benjamin, (Ala.,) Surry. Marmaduke, (Ala.,) Surry.
  • Wiley, J. Caleb, born in Cabarrus County; member of Congress from Alabama.
  •         In every portion of our nation may be found some native sons of the State, who, although separated, have never ceased to love their dear old mother; and who cherished to the last an abiding affection for her--a love unsurpassing the love of woman.

            We can say with Ćneas to his fidus Achates--

                             -- Quis jam locus?
                             Quć regis in terris nostri, non plena laboris.*

            * What place, what country, on the globe is not full of our labors--Virgil I, 459.

            Nor has North Carolina been selfish or churlish to those of other States who have settled and made her borders their home.

            Of the members of the Continental Congress Burke was from Ireland; Caswell from Maryland; Hooper from Massachusetts; Penn from Virginia; Williamson from Pennsylvania.

            Neither of the signers of the Declaration of Independence for North Carolina was a native of the State. Hewes was a native of New Jersey; Hooper, of Massachusetts; Penn, of Virginia.

            Penn, of Virginia, also signed the Constitution as a Delegate from North Carolina.

            Of the 1st Congress, [1789 to 1791,] Samuel Johnston was a native of Scotland; Hugh Williamson, of Pennsylvania.

            Of the 6th Congress, [1799-1801,] William H. Hill was a native of Massachusetts.

            Of the 10th Congress, James Turner was a native of Virginia.

            Felix Walker of Virginia was a member of the 15th, [1817-'19,] 16th, ['19-'21,] and 17th, ['21-'23] Congresses.

            Henry W. Connor, of Virginia, was a member of the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22d, 23d, 24th, 25th, and 26th Congresses.

            Abram W. Venable, of Virginia, was a member of the 30th, [1847-'49,] 31st, and 32d, Congresses.

            Richard C. Puryear, of Virginia, was a member of the 33d [1853-'55] Congress.

            H. M. Shaw, of Rhode Island, was a member of the 35th Congress.

            Nathaniel Boyden, of Massachusetts, David Heaton, of Ohio; John T. Deweese, of Arkansas, and John R. French, of New Hampshire, were members of the 40th [1867-'69] Congress.

            James C. Harper, of Pennsylvania was a member of the 41st [1871-73] Congress.

            And these are distinguished wherever they roam by their intrinsic worth, their unobtrusive demeanor, their abhorence of vice and love of virtue, their fidelity to their promises and contracts, their obedience and respect to law. And when elevated by an appreciative people, have been always equal to and never above or below the position they occupied, but discharged every duty with integrity, intelligence, to the satisfaction and approbation of their constitutents, and honor to the country.

            To return to our subject: Mr. Cambreling was a member of Congress from New York City from 1821 to 1839; chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means at one time, and of Foreign Affairs, which important posts were evidence of the high appreciation of his transcendent ability as a statesman. In 1840 he was appointed Minister to Russia.

            His name was derived from his great-grandfather, Churchill Caldom, whose father came from Scotland and settled on Pamlico River. On the maternal line he was the
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