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Archive for November, 2012

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

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

On November 27, 1864. General Braxton Bragg was given command of the Department of North Carolina of the Confederate States Army. Braxton Bragg (1817-1876), Governor Thomas Bragg (1810-1872) and Congressman John Bragg (1806-1878), brothers, were among the six sons of Thomas and Margaret Bragg. They grew up in Warrenton and attended the Warrenton Male Academy.

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. He retired to Louisiana in 1856 but returned to the military at the onset of the Civil War. He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Returning to North Carolina by the end of the war, he surrendered at Durham Station in April 1865, a result of negotiations between General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett Place. Fort Bragg in Fayetteville is named for him.

For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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News & Notes – Voices of Conscience, CIS Thrift Shops, Red Cross

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Nominate an unsung hero

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Back Then – 1862: Wilmington fortified almost as much as Charleston

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Looking back at stories from the StarNews archives.

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City of Wilmington weighs in

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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NAACP discusses Wilmington 10 prosecutor’s notes

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says newly discovered notes by the prosecutor in the Wilmington 10 case show he engaged in racial profiling to select 12 people more likely to convict the suspects.

The Rev. William Barber held a news conference Tuesday in Raleigh to discuss the notes by Jay Stroud in the case involving the burning of a white-owned grocery store after a police officer shot and killed a black teenager. The notes were taken in the first case, which ended in a mistrial.

Ten activists were convicted of the arson in 1972 and jailed until 1980, when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions.

The NAACP and other groups are asking Gov. Bev Perdue to pardon the activists.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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