The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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university in 1832, in the same class with Thomas S. Ashe, now one of the justices of the supreme court, General Thomas L. Clingman, James C. Dobbin, and others. He died on February 5th, 1861.

        His son, Cadwallader, who now lives at Rock Hill, South Carolina, was distinguished as a statesman and politician. He was in the legislature from Orange County, in 1840, with Judge Mangum and Governor Graham, as colleagues; re-elected in 1842,-'48, and '50.

        He was elected solicitor of the fourth circuit, and served his native state faithfully. For fourteen consecutive years he was in her councils. He moved in 1857 to South Carolina, where he now resides, and where he lived when the civil war broke out. He entered the military service of his adopted state, and was in the fight at Hilton Head, in 1861, and in the seven days' fight around Richmond. His health failing, he was forced to resign, but he left four sons in his place, two of them in the ranks, one of them was severely wounded. On his return home he was elected state senator from the York district, South Carolina.

        He represented South Carolina in the Richmond convention of 1860, and in the tax paying convention of 1864.

        John Sitgreaves, who married Martha, widow of Allen G. Green, has been already noticed.*

        * See page 140.

        William Richardson Davie, born 1756, died 1820, who married Sarah, daughter of Allan Jones, was a native of Egremont, in England. When quite young his father, Archibald Davie, brought him to America, and he was adopted by his maternal uncle, William Richardson. His early education was conducted at Charlotte, North Carolina, and he entered Princeton college. But the war for a time closed the halls of that institution, and with that ardor, so conspicuous in his subsequent career, he joined the "Army of the North" as a volunteer.

        The campaign being over, he again returned to college and graduated in 1776 with high honors. He then returned to North Carolina, and aided in raising a troop of horse, of which he was elected lieutenant. His commission is signed by Richard Caswell, governor, and dated April 5, 1779.

        It would exceed the limits of our work to record the military career of General Davie, from the battle of Stono (in 1779, where he commanded the right wing of Lincoln's army, and was severely wounded,) to Rocky Mount Hanging Rock, Charlotte, and elsewhere. He accompanied General Greene in his whole campaign in the south, and was present at the battle of Guilford court-house, (March, 1781,) Hobkirk's Mill, and the evacuation of Camden.

        The records of the country abound in evidence of the brilliant career of General Davie. The war being over, and the country liberated, General Davie returned to his legal studies. If his success as a military man had been great, his professional career was even more so. The courts at that time were so arranged that a lawyer could attend every superior court in the state. This was an arduous duty, and involved great personal inconvenience and labor; General Davie was employed in every case of importance. He was elected to the convention which met at Philadelphia, in May, 1787, but was called home before the close of its labors, and therefore his name does not appear upon the federal constitution there adopted. He was a member of the state convention at Hillsboro, 1788, to consider this paper, and he was its ardent and able advocate.

        He was a member of the House of Commons, 1785, 1786, 1787, 1789, 1791, and 1798.

        His efforts in the legislature for the advancement of the state, especially in the cause of education, were constant. "I was present,"
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