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General Bryan Grimes had seven horses shot out from underneath him in the Civil War, but he was not killed in battle. In 1880 William Parker assassinated Grimes four miles outside his plantation in Pitt County. Grimes's neighbor Howell Paramour had paid Parker to commit the murder as an act of revenge. After a mistrial, the case was moved to Williamston, and the accused were set free. Parker was later lynched after bragging about getting away with the crime.
General Bryan Grimes was born 1828 in Grimesland, Pitt County. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1848 and was a member of the Convention which adopted the Ordinance of Secession in 1861. He was promoted to Colonel in 1862 and had a great career. Although injured several times, the war could not kill him, but an assassin did.
Peacock provides readers with a biographical account of the actions of Bryan Grimes during the Civil War. Grimes, the heroic colonel of the 4th NC Regiment State Troops and later a general, was from Pitt County and served the four war years. During the conflict he had seven horses shot out from under him.