Snow Camp in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
We have Fought the Good Fight and Kept Our Faith
According to his descendants, after the Confederate conscription act was passed in 1862, riders approached McPherson’s house one day and demanded, “Where’s your boy?” “The Hunters”— the Chatham County sheriff’s men, Home Guards, and McPherson relatives seeking conscripts— were looking for McPherson’s service-age son, Tommy, who was in hiding. The two had worked out a plan to keep the boy fed, and his father from lying. When young McPherson returned an empty food basket to the house for refilling, he left a note inside that said where to deliver the full basket. His father then could say truthfully that he did not know where his son was.
Dissatisfied with McPherson’s denials, the Hunters dragged him to a split-rail fence, forced his hands into the narrow space between two rails, and then jumped up and down on the upper rail. When his answer did not change, they hauled him into the woods, fired a shot at his house to intimidate his family, and hanged him from a large dogwood tree by the creek.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 53.127′ N, 79° 26.099′ W. Marker is in Snow Camp, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on Drama Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of the Snow Camp Outdoor Theater. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Drama Road, Snow Camp NC 27349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Freedom Hill Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Cane Creek Meeting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snow Camp (approx. half a mile away); Cane Creek Meeting (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cane Creek Friends Meeting Since 1751 / Abigail Overman Pike 1709 - 1781 A Memorial to British Troops Who Died in the Old Meeting House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Allen House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Railroads (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Snow Camp.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 851 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.