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

Occaneechi in the Service

Piedmont Indians in the Civil War

 
 
Occaneechi in the Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
1. Occaneechi in the Service Marker
Inscription.
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 Carolina State Troops. Wilson foraged for food and supplies, and it was reported that “(he) has foraged and stole enough during the war” to keep the company well fed. His kinsman, William
Occaneechi in the Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
2. Occaneechi in the Service Marker
Wilson, served Lieutenant George Bason in the Ordinance Department.

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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Occaneechi Saponi Tribal Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4902 Dailey Store Road, Burlington NC 27217, United States of America.
 
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 miles away); 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.
NC Civil War Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
3. NC Civil War Trails 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.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Marker in Burlington image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
4. Marker in Burlington
Occaneechi Saponi Tribal Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
5. Occaneechi Saponi Tribal Center
Marker is on the grounds of the Occaneechi Saponi Tribal Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 694 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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