Walter Bell: Farmer, Merchant, Teacher, and Soldier

While perusing the John J. Wilson letters last week at UNCW, I came across a list of students who attended the “school taught by W. R. Bell from July 13th 1857 to March 17th 1858.” This list was the first time I had seen any indication that Walter Raleigh Bell had been a schoolteacher. Intrigued,… Continue reading Walter Bell: Farmer, Merchant, Teacher, and Soldier

Feuding in the Officers’ Ranks

Background When the 51st Regiment North Carolina Troops organized on April 30, 1862, John L. Cantwell was elected as commander of the regiment. Along with Colonel Cantwell, the company officers elected William Allen as Lieutenant Colonel and Hector McKethan as Major. Colonel Cantwell only commanded the regiment a few months. On October 10, 1862, while… Continue reading Feuding in the Officers’ Ranks