New Bern in Craven County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Under the Stars & Bars
Like many other North Carolinians, New Bern’s residents enjoyed close economic and family ties with the North and were reluctant to leave the Union. Once the war began, however, many North Carolinians passionately supported the Confederate cause: 125,000 bore arms for the Confederacy and 40,000 died. No other Southern state provided as many fighting men or suffered as many deaths.
The men who lived here in the Attmore-Oliver House, which Hannah Attmore Oliver inherited just before the war, joined other residents under the “Stars and Bars.” William Oliver, Hannah’s husband, served as a Confederate quartermaster. Her three brothers also enlisted in the Confederate army. The oldest, Sitgreaves, of the Washington Grays, was captured with his battery at the Battle of Fort Fisher in 1865, and died of chronic dysentery on May 22. Isaac Attmore, of the Beaufort Rifles, fought in many major battles, including Gettysburg, and was killed at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864. George, the youngest at 13 when the war began, served in Manly’s Battery at Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, The Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and
The New Bern Historical Society’s Attmore-Oliver House Museum contains a collection of Civil War artifacts assembled by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. For many years, one of Hannah Oliver’s daughters, Mary Oliver, was chapter president.
(lower left) Cavalryman; Artillery Officer; Infantryman
(upper right) Attmore-Oliver House Museum - Courtesy New Bern Historical Society
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1549.
Location. 35° 6.429′ N, 77° 2.551′ W. Marker is in New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven County. Marker is on Pollock Street east of Metcalf Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Pollock Street, New Bern NC 28562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George H. White (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wright Stanly House (about John Wright Stanly House (about 600 feet away); Washington's Southern Tour (about 700 feet away); James Walker Hood (about 700 feet away); Tryon Palace (about 700 feet away); Jones House (about 700 feet away); Caleb Bradham (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bern.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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