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Currituck in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Currituck County Courthouse

Confederate Recruiting Center

 
 
Currituck County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
1. Currituck County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Currituck has been the county government seat since 1723. The core of the present courthouse to the right and jail in front of you were here when the Civil War began. On March 31, 1862, the “Currituck Light Cavalry” began enlisting on the grounds under Capt. Demosthenes Bell. The company was assigned as Co. G to Col. Dennis D. Ferebee’s 4th North Carolina Cavalry, 59th Regiment North Carolina State Troops.

Because of the importance of water for military transportation and the county’s closeness to Norfolk, VA., Federal troops occupied Currituck County early in the war and sometimes camped on the courthouse grounds. Union troops under Gen Ambrose E. Burnside marched into the county in 1862. In December 1863, three columns of U.S. Colored Troops led by Gen. Edward A. Wild converged here on a raid from Elizabeth City. They liberated slaves, destroyed Confederate camps, and occupied the courthouse grounds. Federal Soldiers carried off many early county court records; some were returned in 1976.

On July 23, 1903, Henry M. Shaw Camp No. 1304 , North Carolina Confederate Veterans, met at the courthouse and had dinner on the grounds. According to Adjutant General J.B. Lee, “By 12 o’clock the yard of the court house and those of the hotels were filled with a solid mass of humanity. Old Veterans; ... parents
Sidebar on the Currituck County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
2. Sidebar on the Currituck County Courthouse Marker
with their ... children; young men with their best girls; and old maids and batchelors [sic[ made the crowd one of the largest ever assembled in Currituck county.”

[right sidebar):
The Confederate monument to your left has an unusual construction history. The original design (right) featured a Confederate soldier atop an obelisk, similar to many such monuments that adorn courthouse greens across the South. Confederate veterans erected the base in 1912, and the project then languished until November 1922, when Northern publishing magnate and philanthropist Joseph P. Knapp offered to complete the memorial. County commissioners accepted his proposal, but the idea of a Northerner completing the monument prompted an editorial in the local paper and local opposition. After a framed drawing of the revised design was placed in the courthouse, opposition subsided, the red granite globe weighing 2,397 pounds was added, and the monument was completed.
[The picture of the original design was provided for use on the marker courtesy of William Romm.]
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 26.986′ N, 76° 0.955′ 
Currituck County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
3. Currituck County Courthouse Marker
W. Marker is in Currituck, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (State Highway 1242) near Caratoke Highway (State Highway 168), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Currituck NC 27929, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Currituck County Old Jail (here, next to this marker); Joseph Pilmoor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maple Leaf (approx. 2.6 miles away); Henry M. Shaw (approx. 5.3 miles away); Yeopim (approx. 6.3 miles away); McKnight’s Shipyard (approx. 6.4 miles away); Knotts Island (approx. 6.7 miles away); Indiantown (approx. 7.6 miles away).
 
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Currituck County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
4. Currituck County Courthouse Marker
The Confederate Monument is in the center front; the Old Jail (see "other nearby markers") is in the background; and, the Currituck County Courthouse is off picture to the right.
Currituck County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
5. Currituck County Courthouse
1861-1865 image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, October 1, 2007
6. 1861-1865
To Our Confederate Dead
1861 - 1865 image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 22, 2008
7. 1861 - 1865
To Our Confederate Dead
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,076 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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