The Civil War in North Carolina



Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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was born on July 30, 1833. His father was a representative from Randolph in 1827. His mother was a daughter of Colonel Andrew Balfour, whose atrocious murder is recorded under the head of Randolph County.

        Mr. Troy was a member of the house in 1876.

        Edward J. Hale, who for a long time conducted the Fayetteville Observer with indefatigable industry and unsurpassed ability, is a native of Moore County, born in 1802. His press was the leading one of the state, and conducted at times with much violence, which doubtless age and time have corrected. He is a native North Carolinian, and has many warm friends. He now resides in the city of New York, and as a book publisher has been greatly beneficial to southern literature.*

        * Moore II., 411.


        Many other names worthy of record are presented in the history of Cumberland, as Bethum, in congress 1831,-'33; Cameron, judge in Florida, Davis, Duffy, Eccles, Jordan, Miller, Porterfield, S. D. Purviance, and many others; but to those who have accurate information as to their lives and services we must leave this pleasing task, and especially as more space has been devoted to this interesting county that the limits of our work justify.

CHAPTER XVI.
CURRITUCK COUNTY.

        DR. HENRY MARCHAND SHAW, born November 20th, 1819, died February 1st, 1864, resided in this county, which he represented in the senate of the state legislature in 1852; and the Edenton district in the Thirty-third Congress, 1853,-'55, and Thirty-fifth Congress, 1857,-'59

        He was one of the electors in 1857 on the Buchanan ticket.

        He was born in New-port, Rhode Island; the son of Rev. William A. Shaw, a minister of the Baptist church. He graduated as a physician in Philadelphia, in 1836, and came with his father to North Carolina, and settled in this county.

        When our civil war commenced, he cast his fortunes with the destiny of his adopted state, and was appointed colonel of the eighth regiment of North Carolina troops, and did active service in this position. He was in several sharp and heavy engagements at Roanoke Island, New Berne, and other places, in which he bore himself with coolness, gallantry and enterprise.

        On February 1, 1864, he became engaged in a skirmish with some advanced troops at Batchelor's Creek, near New Berne, was mortally wounded, and died immediately on the field. His fall was deeply lamented by his comrades and his country. He died the death he had often expressed a wish for--the death of a soldier in defence of his country's rights, and his country's honor.

        "Tre, vero felix Agricola; non vitŠ tantum claritate, sed etiam opportunitate mortis."*

        * "Thou truly art happy, Agricola, not so much from the brilliancy of your life, but in the circumstances of your death."


        Emerson Etheridge, was born September 28, 1819, in this county, and, when thirteen years
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