On this day in 1861: L. P. Walker, Confederate secretary of war, approves purchase of an abandoned cotton mill at Salisbury for use as a prison for captured Union soldiers. To their later regret, the owners agree to take payment in Confederate bonds.
Before being closed four years later Salisbury prison will become notorious for its unhealthy and crowded conditions.
— 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.