The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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of Governor Reid as senator in congress he became ex officio governor of the state. The next year he was elected a member of the Thirty-fourth Congress, 1855,-'57, and was re-elected to the Thirty-fifth, 1857,-'59, and Thirty-sixth Congress, 1859,-'61, when the state seceeded.

        He (in 1854) was sent on a special mission by Mr. Pierce to Madrid, in reference to the Black Warrior affair.

        When the civil war commenced he took an active part. He died in Fayetteville in 1863.

        Governor Winslow had many genial and generous qualities, and was much loved by his friends. The troubles of the country hurried him to an early grave.

        Duncan Kirkland MacRae, born August 16th, 1820, is a native of Fayetteville, son of John MacRae, Esq. He was educated at the University of Viriginia, and at William and Mary; studied law with Judge Strange, and was a successful and eloquent advocate. Elected to the legislature in 1842.

        He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1848, being defeated by Governor Ellis.

        On the accession of General Pierce, he was appointed Consul of the United States at Paris, where he remained only a few years.

        On his return he removed to Memphis, Tennessee, then to Chicago, and recently returned to his native state, and is now residing at Wilmington.

        He married Virginia, daughter of Louis D. Henry, and has several children.

        Mrs. Mary Ayer Miller, is mentioned among the "living female writers of the south." She was born in Fayetteville, and on the death of her father, General Henry Ayer, removed with her mother, when she was only eight years old, to Lexington, North Carolina, to be educated by her uncle, the Rev. Jesse Rankin of the Presbyterian church, who had a school at that place. She married a young lawyer, Willis M. Miller, who gave great promise as a lawyer, but abandoned the profession and joined the ministry. As a writer she has attained great success. Many of her productions show the fire of genius.

        The Presbyterian board of publication have issued several of her works as Sunday-school books, and her poems in the North Carolina Presbyterian and the Central Presbyterian, published at Richmond, Virginia, have attained celebrity, and such happy conceits, as that of "Linda Lee" address alike the fancy as the heart.

        A few of her poems are preserved in "Wood Notes," a collection of North Carolina poety, made by Mrs. Clarke, and published in 1854, but most of them have appeared only in the newspapers.

        Henry Washington Hilliard, mentioned in the same work "The Living Writers of the South," is a native of Cumberland County, born 1808. He has been distinguished as a lawyer, a diplomist, a politician, and a divine.

        He was educated at Columbia, South Carolina; studied law and settled at Athens, Georgia. In 1851, he was elected a professor in the University of Georgia; and in 1838, was a member of the legislature. Three years later he was appointed charge d'affaires to Belgium. From 1845 to 1852, he was a representative in congress from Georgia, subsequently he became a Methodist preacher.

        He became envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States to Brazil.

        His literary productions are--

        I. Speeches and Addresses, which contain his speeches delivered in congress and some literary addresses.

        II. DeVane, a story of Plebeians and Patricians, (1866,) which exhibits the highest evidence of scholarship, and a high appreciation of the true, the beautiful and the good.

        Wesley Clark Troy resides in Fayetteville, but is a native of Randolph County, where he
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