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This Day in NC History: Braxton Bragg gets command of Confederate Troops in North Carolina

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Braxton Bragg attended West Point, where he graduated fifth in his class. He served with distinction in the Mexican War and returned to Warren County in 1848. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Blackbeard was killed

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The “Golden Age of Piracy” flourished briefly along the North Carolina coast in the early 18th century. Foremost among the pirates was Edward Teach, aka “Blackbeard.” He lived briefly in the town of Bath during the summer of 1718. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: North Carolina becomes twelfth state

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On November 21, 1789, the General Assembly, meeting in Fayetteville, ratified the United States Constitution, making North Carolina the twelfth state. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Blue Ridge Parkway project approved

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On November 16, 1933, the Blue Ridge Parkway project received approval. The Blue Ridge Parkway, part of the National Park Service system, extends 469 miles through the Southern Appalachians, linking the Shenandoah National Park in northern Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Peter Stuart Ney confesses to be Napoleon’s closest aide

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On November 15, 1846, Peter Stuart Ney, a teacher from Rowan County, is said to have made a deathbed confession that he was, in fact, Napoleon Bonaparte’s most trusted commander, Marshal Michel Ney. Marshal Ney was rumored to have escaped execution in 1815 and fled to America. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: A Civil War surrender six months after Appomattox

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On November 6, 1865, the CSS Shenandoah lowered the Confederate flag and James I. Waddell surrendered command of the vessel to British authorities in Liverpool. The surrender came a full six months after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Governor and UNC Founder William Davie died

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On November 5, 1820, soldier, politician, and founder of the University of North Carolina, William R. Davie died at the age of 64. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Angry Wilmingtonians protest Stamp Act with mock funeral

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On October 31, 1765, angry Wilmingtonians held a mock funeral for Liberty the day before the Stamp Act was to go into effect. The Stamp Act placed taxes on most forms of paper in the colonies, including newspapers, letters, pamphlets and wills. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: James Walker Hood died

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On October 30, 1918, James Walker Hood died. Hood, as a missionary in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, was sent in 1863 to North Carolina where he served black congregations in New Bern and Beaufort. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Stock market crashed

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On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed earning the day the epithet “Black Tuesday.” It was the beginning of the Great Depression. However, hard times hit North Carolina’s farmers before the Great Depression of the 1930s. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: George Washington orders Nathaniel Greene to command southern army

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On October 22, 1780, General George Washington ordered Major General Nathanael Greene to assume command of the southern army. He assumed command in Charlotte, Dec. 3, 1780. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Contract to build the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse signed

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On October 17, 1862, the contract was signed to build the Confederate ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse. The vessel was needed to bolster southern naval defenses and to prevent Union occupation of the state’s sounds and estuaries. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Robert Phifer dies spurring founding of NC Museum of Art

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On October 16, 1928, Robert Phifer, an art collector and native North Carolinian, died. He bequeathed seventy-five paintings and over $1 million to the North Carolina Art Society. The next year the first in a series of temporary art exhibition spaces opened in the Agriculture Building in Raleigh. Full story...
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NC officials to announce arts-economy program

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The secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources is making an announcement about a new arts-driven economic development program at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Full story...
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New Hanover Public Library will display “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” Civil War photo exhibit in October

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The involvement of Confederate soldiers, African Americans and women is depicted in the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit, which will visit the New Hanover Public Library Oct. 1-29. The exhibit will educate and illustrate on a difficult period in history that the nation moved beyond. Full story...
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