The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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interest, and like it must form the departure for clashing political creeds hereafter.

        Judge Brooks married Margaret, daughter of James Costin, of Gates County, on June 20, 1850, and he had five children: Three sons, William, George and James, and two daughters; Margaret and Sally. He died at his home in Elizabeth City on January 6th, 1882, amid the regrets of the Country at the loss of so pure and good a man.

        Gen. James Green Martin, born 1819, died October 1878, was a native of this county. He was educated at the United States Military Academy and graduated June 30th, 1840, in the same class with Sherman, Thomas and others. He was assigned to the Artillery and performed the varied duties of that service, at home and abroad with credit. He was engaged in the war with Mexico; and was severely wounded at the battle of Cherubusco, on the August 20th, 1847, from which he lost his right arm. He was brevetted Major "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Contrereas and Cherubusco." On the commencement of the civil war, he was stationed at Fort Riley. He promptly resigned his commission in the United States Army, and tendered his services to his native State. The Governor appointed him Adjutant General of the State, a most important position, and well did he fill it, for it was under his provident care that the troops of the State were organized, equipped and amply provided for. It was his suggestion that the "blockade running" ships were first employed to bring clothing and supplies from Europe for the troops and the people. In 1862 when he had accomplished his duties as Adjutant General, he was commissioned Brigadier General and labored faithfully, zealously and gallantly to the close of the war; which found him at Asheville. Pleased with the advantages of climate, and the salubrity of this section, he resolved to make it his home; here he remained, till his death. He was the law partner of Hon. John L. Baily, whose genial and generous temper was so germain to that of Gen. Martin. He was twice married. By his first wife, Miss Reed of New Castle, Delaware, he had four children. His second wife was the daughter of the late Hon. Charles King, who was the son of Rufus King.

        John Pool*

        * Mr. Pool died in Washington City on August 16th, 1884.

is a native of Pasquotank County, born June 16, 1826, educated at the University at which he graduated in 1847. Studied law and practiced it successfully. Elected to the State Senate in 1856 and again in 1865. He was a member of the State Convention in 1865 and was the Whig candidate for Governor in 1858, but was defeated by Governor Ellis.

        He was elected Senator in Congress in 1868 and served till March, 1873.

        Mr. Pool's course in public life has been marked by a strict adherence to his views of right; never pandering to party or persons to secure popularity. This devotion to duty has doubtless, while it secured him friends, produced some political enemies. He has retired from the arena of politics and devotes his time to the duties of his profession.

                         No further seek his merits to disclose,
                         Or draw his frailties from their quiet abode.

        He has been twice married; first to Miss Sawyer, by whom he has one daughter [Mrs. Mills;] and second to Mary, daughter of Dr. A. W. Mebane, by whom he has a son and two daughters.

        Lucian D. Starke, long a resident of Elizabeth City, was raised in Suffolk, Virginia. His native ability is excelled by his cultivated
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