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The article serves as a brief introduction into historic North Carolina town names and how their names changed. Commonly, town names were chosen for an influential individual in North Carolina culture or a city's industry. For example, Wilmington, a shipping town, had its name transformed from New Liverpool, New Town, Newton, and finally Wilmington.
Emeline Pigott, famous southern spy during the American Civil War, was born in Harlowe Township in Carteret County. Pigott was present at the Battle of New Bern, witnessed the capture of that city by the Federals and helped care for the sick and wounded. She later continued to aid the Confederacy in any way possible, which included carrying supplies across Federal lines to Confederate soldiers.