The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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abilities, and his pure and unobtrusive virtues, commanded the respect and the affection of his associates. He was ever ready to do generous acts, while he scorned any intrigue or artifice-- the unflinching foe to corruption, extravagance or indirection. Sincere and honest himself, he was unsuspicious of deceit or fraud in others.

        In his person Colonel Outlaw was but little favored by nature. He was very near-sighted, and constantly were glasses that were green, and which to strangers made him appear distant, reserved, and awkward. Yet, with these disadvantages, to those who knew him well, this rugged exterior did

                         Hide a precious jewel in its head,

        and present every quality of honor, truth, and justice that can dignify human nature.

        His last public service was as a member of the State Senate in 1863. He died on 22d October, 1868.

        His latter days were clouded by misfortune. The vicissitudes of war, his confidence in friends, and his carelessness in financial matters, had wrecked his fortunes. The natural infirmity (defective eyesight) terminated in total blindness. But his generous qualities triumphed over calamity. To such men may North Carolina proudly point as the mother of the Gracci did to her sons, and sincerely say,

                         These are my jewels.

        James W. Clark, born 1779, died 1843, was a native of Bertie County, son of Christopher Clark, who died at Salmon creek.

        He was liberally educated, and graduated at Princeton in 1796. He was elected a member of the Legislature from his native county in 1802-'3. He removed to Edgecombe County which he represented in 1810 and 1811, and in the Senate 1812-'13 and '14, and elected a member of the 14th Congress--1815-'17. He served out his term and declined a re-election. He was succeeded by Dr. Thomas H. Hull.

        He served in 1827 as Chief Clerk of the Navy Department under Governor Branch.

        He was an enterprising, patriotic and honest man, loved and respected by all who knew him. He married Arabella, daughter of Henry I. Toole. He died in 1843, leaving one son, who became Governor of the State, 1861, and two daughters, Maria, who married Mat Waddell, and Laura, who married Cotten.

        (For the Genealogy of the Clark family, see Appendix.)

        Patrick Henry Winston resides in Bertie County, but is a native of Franklin County. He was educated at Wake Forest, and at the Columbian University, at Washington City, where he graduated. He read law at Chapel Hill, and after receiving a license to practice, settled in Windsor. He represented Bertie County in the Legislature in 1850 and 1854.

        In 1861, he, together with Hon. B. F. Moore and Sam'l F. Phillips, were elected by the Legislature as Judges of the Court of Claims. This was a delicate and severe duty, and this able court discharged it with fidelity and ability.

        After his term in the court had expired, he was appointed by Governor Vance Financial Agent of the State in her fiscal relations with the Confederate Government.

        In 1864 he was elected one of the Council of State, and by that body chosen President, a position at this time involving great responsibility.

        In 1865 he was chosen a member of the Constitutional Convention from Franklin, whither he had taken refuge during the troubles of the war, and no one did more to build up the broken down walls of our political Zion than Mr. Winston. He was of the few men who declined to sign an open letter to Governor Holden, requesting him to be a candidate for Governor. In 1868 he was
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