Archive | January, 2016

Kilts on the Cape Fear

The most interesting thing about the Highland Scots who began arriving in Cumberland County, North Carolina in the 1750s is how quickly they were corrupted by the Americans. They came by the thousands, rowing 90 miles up the Cape Fear river in log canoes.  Most of them came from the western islands, the large majority […]

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Lessons in Citizenship from a Renegade Quaker

Herman Husband was disowned by his Quaker Meeting, along with his future wife and everyone who attended their wedding.  His offense was refusing to accept the decision of the Meeting to show leniency to a member who had vocally objected to the mistreatment of her daughter.   He was very much on the wrong side of […]

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Forgotten History: The Regulator Rebellion

The Regulator Rebellion, one of the great lost tragedies of American history, has been almost forgotten, except by people who learned about it in school in North Carolina.  It was not “the first battle of the American Revolution,” but rather a revolt by angry  backwoodsmen against corrupt local officials, some of whom were soon to […]

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How to Build a Really Good Log Cabin

Joel McClendon’s cabin, built around 1760, still stands at the head of the creek that bears his name.  Elsewhere in the western parts of North Carolina there are other such homes, many of them built in the 18th century and occupied till the 20th.  They are nothing like the dirt-floored shacks of the early Virginia […]

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From Nation to Wasteland: The Cherokees in the Civil War

The Cherokee Nation, like several others in Indian Territory, was plagued by deep divisions, between mixed-bloods and full-bloods, between those who had accepted removal and those who had resisted till the end. In the case of the Cherokees, the antagonists were, on one hand, those who had accepted the Treaty of New Echota, many of […]

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Forest and Fire

One of the last small stands of the great longleaf pine forest that once covered 90 million acres, dominating the southern landscape from Virginia to Louisiana, survives at the Weymouth-Sandhills Nature Preserve in Moore County, North Carolina.  The forest is part of an amazingly rich and diverse ecosystem, home to 900 species that are found […]

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