Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 6, 2014
He’s known for being the president of the Confederate States of America, but Jefferson Davis also served as a U.S. Senator and as President Franklin Pierce’s secretary of war. At his death in December 1889, his widow, Varina Howell Davis, was too grieved to settle on a burial site. Davis was temporarily interred at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. She later selected Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, and on May 28, 1891, Davis’ remains began a journey through the south, with ceremony and spectacle along the way.
The funeral train arrived in North Carolina on May 30. In 1977, historian Marie D. Moore gave this account of the ceremonies.
When the rumble of the train was heard in Charlotte at 6:30 a.m., military contingents faced the track and three volleys were fired as the train braked to a stop.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on February 27, 2014
During the 1937 session of the Legislature, an act was passed providing for the creation and operation of this bureau. To finance the bureau, the act provided that in every criminal case finally disposed of in the courts $1 additional cost was assessed and paid to the State Treasurer of North Carolina. One-half of this amount was to be allotted to the use of the bureau.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on February 20, 2014
The Methodist Orphanage was founded in 1898 chiefly through the efforts of the Rev. John Wesley Jenkins, who early became convinced that the Methodist Church was neglecting a great opportunity for service in not having an orphan asylum.…
Posted by Teresa Leonard on January 30, 2014
Although a bit of the sheen has been rubbed from its glamor by present day methods, the old sport of fox hunting still is strong in North Carolina, its thousands of devotees no less enthusiastic in following the chase from trucks, jeeps and automobiles than were their forebears from horseback.