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To cure your curiosity or to supply you with clever quips at cocktail parties this collection of stories originally written by lauded North Carolina historian Dr. H.G. Jones for his long-standing "In Light of History" series is a must-read.

At times informative, at times moving and on occasion side-splittingly hilarious, the tales in this book span four hundred years of North Carolina history. Across the golden age of pirates, the colonial period and the American-Revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prohibition and every era in between, these stories of characters from the high seas, the coast, down east, the mountains, the piedmont and the sandhills cover every part of the Tar Heel State.

This revised and updated edition contains ten additional accounts of Tar Heel history, accompanied by archival images from the lifetime collection of Dr. Jones and a map highlighting each story's geographic interest area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596292604
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,196,065
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Famous Imposter Bilked North Carolinians     13
The Hanging of Frankie Silver     17
Lewis Redmond, King of Outlaws     21
Was the Slave a Prince?     24
Frances Culpeper Married Three Governors     28
Amos Owens Made "Cherry Bounce" Famous     31
Anne Bonney, Woman Pirate     35
"Mr. Read" Was a Woman     38
Naomi Wise Memorialized in Song     41
Naomi Wise Rode Off to Death, Not Marriage     45
Malinda Blalock, North Carolina's Only Female Civil War Soldier     48
Otto Wood, Famous Prison Escape Artist     52
North Carolina Governor Married Fifteen-year-old Girl     56
Rains Brothers of New Bern     59
James H. Jones, The President's Valet     62
One of the South's Last Duels     66
Woman Buried Seated in Chair     69
Sam Brinkley Was the Authority on Pogonotrophy     72
Cyclone Mack Was Famed Evangelist     76
"Indian Chief" Was North Carolinian     80
Loud Hymn Singer Taken to Court     84
Ruben C. Bland, Champion Papa     86
Was the "Human Fly" a Tar Heel?     89
The Siamese Twins     94
Charity Bowery, North Carolina Slave     97
Postmaster Had Shady Reputation     100
Father, Nine Sons Fight for Confederacy     103
James Iredell Waddell Never Surrendered     106
Six of Seven Brothers Die in Civil War     110
Blackbeard, An Unlikely Ancestor     113
Hanging of Calvin and Thomas Coley     117
Martha McFarlane McGee Bell, Heroine     120
The Story of a Runaway     123
Was Nellie Cropsey Murdered?     126
North Carolinian Held Weight Record     130
Major George E. Preddy Jr., Flying Ace     133
Annie Oakley Thrilled Pinehurst Residents     136
Aunt Abby House Was "True Grit"     140
New Hanover Slave Finally Escapes     143
Camden County Slave Bought His Freedom     147
Let's Honor James Boone This Time     150
Woman Admitted to State Bar in 1878 after Debate     153
Phineas T. Barnum in North Carolina     156
Quaint Notebook Describes North Carolina Deaths     161
Cross Woodis Oldest North Carolinian?     164
Battle Against "Germ of Laziness"     167
Peter Francisco, Hercules of the Revolution     171
Tar Heel Governor Was Jinxed      175
Babe Ruth Hit First Home Run in North Carolina     179
L.A. Scruggs, North Carolina's First Black Doctor     182
Hamp Rich, North Carolina's Champion Monument Builder     186
Boys Patrolled North Carolina Rural Roads     189
Largest Mail-order Liquor Business     192
Spanish Invade North Carolina     196
John Lawson's Journey     199
Tiny Broadwicke, Pioneer Aviatrix     202
The Buggymobile Built in New Bern     207
Former Child Prodigy Founds Birch Society     210
Tar Heel Banjoist Gains New Fame     214
William Dudley Pelley (Part 1)     217
William Dudley Pelley (Part 2)     221
North Carolinian Escapes from Slavery     225
Sir Walter Raleigh's Death     229
Strange Birth in Columbus County     234
Twice Elected, Twice Rejected     238
Lady Olga, The Bearded Woman     241
Shocco Jones, "The Mammoth Humbug"     245
About the Author     249
About the Co-editors     253
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