The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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manners. He edited "the Pioneer," a democratic paper at Elizabeth City, with much ability, and was for a time Collector of the Port. He entered the army during the Civil War, serving on the Staff of the late lamented Col. William F. Martin.


        John Harvey is a name that should ever be cherished in the early annals of our history. He was a prominent leader in the Assembly, and was for a long time Speaker in the House and was Moderator of that band of heroes who met at New Berne in 1774, in open defiance to the Royal Governor as advocates of liberty and independence. Unfortunately, he died before independence was secured; but his name and his efforts are entitled to our respect and gratitude. His name is still preserved by many families in this region, and his patriotism duly remembered.

        Josiah T. Granbury was long a useful and honorable citizen of this County. He was distinguished for his success as a farmer--one of the most extensive in this fertile section of the State. But his means and fortunes were wrecked by the vicissitudes of the civil war, and his active spirit sunk under its calamities. In his views of statemanship he was a devoted admirer of the tenets of Jefferson and Jackson; so strong and fixed were these opinions that they tinged his whole life.

        His only child married Lucius J. Johnson, who shared with Mr. Granbury his political preferences, his high intellectual acquirements and his devotion to duty. "Mr. Johnson," says Moore, "was of that stock of men which made the upper portion of Chowan celebrated for a century past, for its patriotism and intelligence." He was greatly beloved as a man, and respected as a faithful and able advocate. He died, Major of the 17th N. C. State Troops, with his face to the foe in the last battle of Kinston in March 1865.

        J. W. Albertson is a native of this county; of Quaker parentage, born September 9, 1826. Educated at Belvidere Academy and at the Friends' Boarding School in Guilford County. He studied law and was licensed to practice in 1849. Elected to the Legislature in 1852. In 1856 he became a Democrat on principle. Elected Solicitor in 1868, and was so acceptable and faithful that he was appointed Judge of the Superior Court in April, 1872.

        On the resignation of Richard C. Badger, in 1878, he was appointed by the President District Attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina, which position he discharged with credit to himself and satisfaction to his country.

        William H. Bagley, is a native of Perquimans county, born July 5th, 1833, son of Col. Willis H. Bagley, long the Sheriff of this county, a popular and useful citizen. He was liberally educated under John Kimberly, at the Hertford Academy. For a time he was editor of the
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