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

Gates County Courthouse

Civil War Muster Ground

 
 
Gates County Courthouse CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. Gates County Courthouse CWT Marker
Inscription. The Gates County militia had its headquarters here in the 1836 Gates County Courthouse. When the war began, the Gates Guards were organized and were mustered into Confederate service here as Co. B, 1st North Carolina Infantry. Other Gates County units included the Gates Minutemen (Co. H, 5th North Carolina Infantry) and the Orapeake Guards (Co. C, 52nd North Carolina Infantry). The 1st North Carolina Cavalry was formed from other county militia. William P. Roberts of Gates County enlisted in the 1st North Carolina Cavalry and rose in rank to become the youngest Confederate general (at age twenty-three) by war’s end.

Before leaving to fight, members of Gates Guards signed their names on the wall in a second-floor room (now called te Patriots Room) in the courthouse. Their signatures are visible there today. In anticipation of the arrival of Union troops, the county records, which date to 1779, were removed to Allen Smith’s house and remained safely concealed there for the duration of the war.

Fifty years after the end of the war, on July 18, 1915, thirty Confederate veterans assembled across the street from the courthouse to unveil the Confederate Monument. John J. Gatling, a member of the Gates Guards and Co. B, 5th North Carolina Infantry, said, “In imagination, I saw my dead comrades rising up on innumerable
Gates County Courthouse CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. Gates County Courthouse CWT Marker
and forgotten battlefields. and firing lines, over the valleys and hills of noble old Virginia and West Virginia and of Maryland and Pennsylvania and waving their bony hands at me they seemed to say, ‘John, go forward and do your duty!’”
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 24.21′ N, 76° 45.194′ W. Marker is in Gatesville, North Carolina, in Gates County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Court Street (North Carolina Highway 137), on the left when traveling south on Church Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gatesville NC 27938, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gates County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); William P. Roberts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reid's Grove School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Burning of Winton (approx. 10 miles away); Hertford County WWI Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Burning of Winton
Church St & Court St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
3. Church St & Court St
(approx. 10 miles away); Hertford County UDC Monument (approx. 10 miles away); The Cannon’s Ferry Community (approx. 10.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gatesville.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a sketch of "Gate County Courthouse" - Courtesy Gates County Historical Society

On the right are portraits of "Gen. William P. Roberts" Courtesy Gates County Historical Society and "John J. Gatling" Courtesy Grafton Beaman

Major funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gates County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
4. Gates County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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