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This silk curtain from the North Carolina Collection Gallery dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. It hung in Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s carriage but somehow ended up in the hands of a Union private in mid-1863. To know the story, read on… As mentioned in the post about the Braggs of North Carolina, Braxton Bragg […]

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“[In 1840], as now, violence was a common feature of American life. There were even fistfights in Congress: North Carolina Congressman Jesse Bynum crossed the chamber to ‘grossly insult’ Louisiana Representative Rice Garland,  who punched Bynum, igniting a ‘fisticuff bout’ until they were separated. …. Ten days later North Carolina Congressmen Kenneth Rayner and William […]

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It’s Bastille Day and we’re marking the occasion on these shores by remembering Crusoe Island. Legend has it that the Columbus County community, which now goes by the name Riverview, was founded by French refugees from the revolutions in France and Haiti. Supposedly Jean Formy-Duvall, a French army surgeon in the late 18th or early […]

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Couldn’t help juxtaposing these two views of Southern women: – Why are belles disproportionately blonde? – Why are black women in North Carolina prisons disproportionately dark-skinned?  

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame is in Charlotte, North Carolina (where it should be), but did you know that there is a Winston Cup Museum in Winston Salem? I have to admit that I didn’t–until I saw a billboard advertising it on I-40. Although it isn’t officially connected with RJR or any of that company’s […]

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– Unlike similar small-town shrines to Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, the Ava Gardner Museum is achieving at least modest success — thanks to Frank? – Confederate money had its day. – Eleanor Roosevelt slept here, Ike and Tina fought there. – Yadkin Trail marker overgrown but not overlooked. – Derek Jeter, 3,004 hits ago. […]

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Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, I heard the Bragg name often, particularly in relation to a grand home that frequently served as the site of wedding receptions. I left town seven years ago and headed north without having scored an invitation to celebrate at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, and I had put the Bragg family out […]

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On this day in 1863: Private D.L. Day, Co. B, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, writes in his journal at Hills Point on the Pamlico River: “This being an isolated post and several miles from any commissary or sutler, the officers feared it would be terribly infected with malaria; having regard for the health and welfare […]

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– “Colonial America’s Interstate 95.” (Or maybe I-81?) – David Goldfield gets his turn at bat in the Disunion blog. – Alas, high-altitude vandalism didn’t end with Elisha Mitchell’s monument. – Did I really kill half a morning reading these obsessively detailed histories of moribund malls in Eden, High Point and Hendersonville?

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The program director of DigitalNC just pointed out that there are 202 North Carolina city directories online at: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3A%22ncdir%22 Take a look!

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