Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Occaneechi in the Service
Piedmont Indians in the Civil War
When North Carolina passed laws in 1833 to restrict the rights of free blacks; they also limited the rights of Indians. In old Orange (later Alamance) County, many Occaneechi Indians including Dixon Corn, Jesse Jeffries, Enoch Jones, and Andrew Jeffries were prosperous farmers and tradesmen. The law kept them from joining the militia, but during the war, many volunteered as foragers, teamsters, hostlers, and paid body servants. In North Carolina’s mountains, some Cherokee fought as soldiers in Thomas’s Legion.
“Nick” Mebane, of Company F, 6th North Carolina State Troops, employed William Haith as his body servant. Will Liggins was a servant to James E. Boyd in Company E, 13th North Carolina State Troops. Marshall Jeffries performed similar service. His kinsman, Bedford Jefferies, “served as cook and servant . . . never bore arms but . . . was always with the troops near the front.” When Lieutenant Bartlett Yancey Mebane was killed at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on June 7, 1864, Jefferies brought his remains home to the family.
Indians Buck Parker and James Wilson were paid servants with Company K, 6th North
The motives of these men probably were the same as those of many young white men who enlisted: pay, excitement, and escape from the farm. Given the manpower shortages in the Confederate army by 1863, men like these helped keep it in the field until 1865.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 12.312′ N, 79° 16.277′ W. Marker is in Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on Dailey Store Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the Occaneechi Saponi Tribal Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4902 Dailey Store Road, Burlington NC 27217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Occaneechi (here, next to this marker); Pleasant Grove High School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Bingham School (approx. 4 miles away); McCray School (approx. 6.3 Charles Richard Drew (approx. 6.7 miles away); Union Ridge Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); Millard Quentin Plumblee (approx. 7.3 miles away); Alexander Mebane (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
More about this marker. Photos of Bedford Jeffries, Marshall Jefferies and Will Haith appear on the marker, all images courtesy of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 822 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.