NEXT AGS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 9, 2014
SPEAKER; BOB MATCHETT FORMERLY WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Bob Matchette graduated with honors from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. in history and attended graduate school at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His major areas of study during college were Colonial and early U.S. History.
The first Europeans to settle in North Carolina migrated from Virginia; they did not arrive directly from overseas. These new settlements were created during the mid 1660s and account for the beginning of North Carolina's first county, Albemarle County, that extended from the Currituck Sound to the Chowan River. It is believed that Knotts Island was the first settled area in what later became Currituck County, dating from before 1663.
In honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we are featuring the the Civil War Diary of Miss E. Deanie Blanchard who lived in Hertford during the war. The diary is now complete.
It has been a right pleasant day, Pa and Ma went to church at Hertford. The Yankees came up in a boat. Took the vessels with goods and salt, tore up the bridge. A good many people passed here this evening. They say this bridge is to be taken.
Monday 12th, 1863 Jan. Well the Yanks didn’t get our bridge. A great many people have passed today. Part of them are moving from E. City up to Hertford. They are expecting a fight down there. We are I fear going to have a dreadful time. The Yanks armed about 30 Negroes in E. City today. Some came from Gatesville, no news up there.