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“With few exceptions the [Civil War] years passed without significant outbreaks. [One] epidemic, carried in by blockade runners, struck Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1862, taking almost 450 lives…An 1863 yellow fever attack on the Union army at New Bern was the worst; 700 soldiers lost their lives.” — From “Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged […]

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On this day in 1948: Piedmont Airlines, headquartered in Winston-Salem, inaugurates passenger service with a DC-3 flight from Wilmington to Charlotte to Cincinnati. Over the next four decades Piedmont will grow from what competitors dismiss as a “puddle jumper” to the nation’s eighth largest airline. In 1987 Piedmont is bought by Washington-based USAir [later US […]

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“More than any other British field commander, General Charles Cornwallis considered creating an army of former slaves. Although he ultimately rejected that course, during his drive through North Carolina Cornwallis transformed the black people who trailed his army into foraging units. “They did their work too well, and he ordered that ‘no Negroe shall be […]

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Today is the 75th birthday of Wilmington (Leland) native Charlie Daniels, whose long country-musical career accelerated with the release of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979. Especially in its early years, promoters of appearances by the Charlie Daniels Band often created their own backstage passes. Here’s a sampling.

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—  “Yes, Dear, a Battleship; No, Dear, I’m Cold-Sober” — Ken Burns missed quite a scene at the Eureka Saloon. — $30 for a year’s worth of “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory.” — Memphis, Gibson. Nashville, Fender. Asheville, Moog. — “We wish to negotiate with you about the Bodys of the twins….”    

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It bombed at the box office, but this 1984 sci-fi thriller marked the beginning of Wilmington’s lively movie industry. Pictured: Pinback button depicting 9-year-old Drew Barrymore, probably worn by staff in moviehouses or video rental stores.  

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— Captured battle flags returning to N.C. coast  (and not everybody is happy about it). — Tidbits of Tar Heelia tucked in David McCullough’s latest. — For Colored Agricultural Fair, “The whole city participated, just like Bele Chere.” — Nitrate negatives yield a (slow-loading) gallery of “Old Wilmington Mystery Photos.” — Who would steal Mitch […]

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“At 19.58 hours on 30 Jul, 1942, the unescorted Cranford was hit by one torpedo  from U-155 about 250 miles east-southeast of Barbados, as she was proceeding on a nonevasive course at 8.6 knots because of a lack of fuel and daylight conditions.   “The torpedo struck on the starboard side between #2 and #3 […]

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— Greensboro to Wilmington by boat? — Reared in Granville County, he was Tennessee’s wealthiest free black — and a slaveholder. — The before and after life of a 1956 National Science Fair winner. — Tobacco heritage may be embarrassment to baseball  in Tampa, but not in Wilson. — On eve of labor landmark’s demolition, […]

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“North Carolina was one of the last states in the Union [preventing] Jews from holding public office. “After [Rabbi Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia] encouraged Wilmington Jews to challenge this prohibition, they took up the cause, circulating a petition and running an ad in the local newspaper calling on the state legislature to repeal it.  In […]

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