The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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King's Mountain. He was a native of Germany; emigrated to America in 1727, and finally settled on Long Creek, then in Tryon County, where he lived when the battle of King's Mountain took place. He early embarked in the cause of independence; in 1777, was appointed lieutenant-colonel, and was throughout the war an active and fearless officer. At the battle of King's Mountain, Colonel William Graham, who had command of the Lincoln regiment, on account of sickness in his family, was absent, and the command devolved upon Colonel Hambright. Nobly did he sustain this perilous charge; in the conflict he was severely wounded by a large rifle ball passing through his thigh; but he refused to leave the field, and continued encouraging his men, he led them to battle and to victory. The effects of this wound caused him to falter in his walk, during the remainder of his life.

        He was twice married, and left a large family to emulate his patriotic example. He died in 1817, and was buried at Shiloh, in the limits of the present county of Cleaveland. His tombstone bears this inscription:

                         "In memory of Colonel Frederick Hambright, who departed this life March, 1817, in the 90th year of his age."

        Robert Hall Morrison, D.D., resides at Cottage Home, near the line between Gaston and Lincoln Counties.

        He was educated at the university and graduated in 1818, in the same class with James K. Polk, Robert Donaldson, William D. Mosely, Hamilton C. Jones, Hugh Waddell, and others. He studied for the ministry, and has spent a life long service in this holy calling.

        He has had the charge of several Presbyterian churches in the state; has been president of the Davidson college, and until recently the loved and venerated pastor of Unity church, near Beattie's Ford. It has been my privilege to sit for many years under the teachings of this most excellent man. I can say that I never more truly felt the influence of religious truth and its importance, than as it fell from his lips, as also the force of the example of one

                         --"Whose doctrine and whose life
                         Co-incident exhibit lucid proof,
                         That he is honest in the sacred cause."

        He is now near the close of a long and well spent life; possessing the esteem of all who know him.

        He married Mary, the third daughter of General Joseph Graham,*

        * For whose geneaology, see Lincoln County.

by whom he had several children:

  • I. Isabella, married to General D. H. Hill.
  • II. Ann, married to General T. J. Jackson (Stonewall.)
  • III. Margaret, married to James Erwin.
  • IV. Eugenia, married to General Rufus Barringer.
  • V. Joseph, married to Miss Davis.
  • VI. Alfred.
  • VII. Laura, married to John L. Brown.
  • VIII. Robert.
  • IX. Susan, married to Alphonzo C. Avery.


        William Paul Roberts is a native of this county, born July 11, 1841.

        His occupation is that of a farmer, but his war record is brilliant. Entering the army in June, 1861, as a non-commissioned officer in the second North Carolina cavalry, he was soon promoted to a captaincy, and in a short time, although the junior captain, was made major; and in that same year was promoted to a colonelcy. In the next year, 1865, he was commissioned brigadier, then only in his twenty-fourth
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