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Edenton Tea Party: An American First Commentary

Many Americans have heard of the Boston Tea Party of 1773.  Far less can tell of the Edenton Tea Party of 1774.  I can count a few, but I have some fingers left.

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Edgecombe County (1741) Encyclopedia

Formed in 1741 out of Bertie County, the county is named after Richard Edgecombe, a member of Parliament and a lord of treasury, who became the First Baron Edgecombe in 1742.

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Elizabeth City State University Encyclopedia

Elizabeth City State University is a historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The school currently enrolls 2,500 students and offers thirty-seven bachelor and three masters degree programs. The school is also a member of the University of North Carolina system.

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Henry Eppes (1831-1917) Encyclopedia

Henry Eppes (1831-1917). Born on September 16, 1831, in Halifax County, North Carolina, Henry Eppes died there in 1917.

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Fayetteville Observer Encyclopedia

 

The Fayetteville Observer is one of North Carolina’s oldest and largest independent newspapers.

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Fayetteville State University Encyclopedia

The first normal school for African Americans in North Carolina, Fayetteville State University (FSU) was established in 1867 as the Howard School. Although FSU was once a school strictly for the education of teachers, the school grew in the 1950s as new programs were added to the institution’s curricula. Today, over 6,300 students currently attend FSU and the institution offers a Freshman Year Initiative program to incoming students.

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Fayetteville, City of Encyclopedia

A bustling, 1800s hub of trade and political activity, home to an important arsenal and center of trade during the Civil War, and home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force bases during the twentieth century, Fayetteville has played an important role in North Carolina history and will continue to do so.

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Federal Paper Board Company Encyclopedia

Some historians have criticized the paper and pulp companies of southeastern North Carolina for threatening the local environment.  Environmentalists have been especially concerned with the effect of the paper and pulp industry in the area known as the Green Swamp located east of Columbus in Brunswick County.  However, some paper and pulp companies have been actively involved in preserving the environment that they have used for profit.

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Inglis Fletcher’s Novels Offered Entertaining Perspective Of Early N.C. History Commentary

Maybe more so than any other novelist below the Mason-Dixon line, including the 19th-century William Gilmore Simms of South Carolina, Inglis Fletcher of North Carolina painted the most comprehensive, historical portrait of the land on which she lived.

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Battle of Forks Road Encyclopedia

Subsequent to the fall of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865, Northern forces began a cautious advance on the city of Wilmington from both sides of the Cape Fear River. After the evacuation of Fort Anderson on the west side of the river on February 19 by his subordinate, Brigadier General Johnson Hagood and his South Carolinians, Major General Robert F. Hoke knew he had to abandon his defensive position on the eastern side of the river at Sugar Loaf. Without any strong fortifications to fall back on, Hoke knew that making a stand between the enemy and Wilmington would be difficult.

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Fort Anderson (Confederate) Encyclopedia

Built atop the remnants of the colonial town, Brunswick, Fort Anderson protected the Cape Fear River and supply lines to Wilmington. Wilmington was a critical port for supply lines throughout the Confederacy and to General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in Petersburg and Richmond. Although originally named Fort St. Phillip after the colonial Anglican Church ruins within the fortress, the fort was renamed in honor of Brigadier General George Burgwyn Anderson who died after complications from injuries suffered at Antietam.

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Fort Clark Encyclopedia

One of two forts protecting Hatteras Inlet, a major port in North Carolina, Fort Clark fell into Union hands during the first few months of the Civil War. 

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Fort Fisher Encyclopedia

Until its capture by the Union army in 1865, Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the world. The “Gibraltar of the South” protected the port of Wilmington and ensured that the Confederacy had at least one “lifeline” until the last few months of the Civil War.  Confederate blockade runners had little difficulty eluding the U.S. blockade, and Colonel William Lamb, the fort’s commander from 1862 to 1864, organized their efforts. The runners delivered goods in Wilmington, and The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad transported these goods to supply Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

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Fort Hatteras Encyclopedia

Although the Union capture of Fort Hatteras resulted in few casualties for either side (one Union dead and 12 Confederate dead), it was a significant Confederate defeat.   

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Fort Macon Encyclopedia

Named in honor of Nathaniel Macon, a United States congressman and senator and a leading early-republic statesman of North Carolina, Fort Macon was built after the War of 1812 to defend America and North Carolina from foreign invasion. During the Civil War, Fort Macon was a Confederate fort, but Union Major General Ambrose E. Burnside had plans to return it under Union control.    

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