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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 16 Issue 1, May 2003
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In 1862, Rufus A. Soule joined the New Bedford City Guards and was assigned to Company E of the Third Regiment. Through a diary and 65 letters written to his wife Susan, Rufus gives a picture of the life of a Union soldier stationed in and around New Bern during the Civil War.
Moses Griffin of New Bern signed a will in 1816 allocating his finances toward the development of Griffin’s Free School. His will provided for the education of his nephew, as well as for the housing, nourishment, care, and education of orphans. The legacy continued in the New Bern Graded School and the Moses Griffin Building on the Academy Green.
First Presbyterian Church of New Bern provided a home away from home for servicemen during World War Two. Sazie Marriner was the woman chosen as hostess to oversee the center.
The Bright House in New Bern was built by James and Mary Bright, who occupied the house until about 1800. Over the years, the house has been sold and relocated numerous times in New Bern. The Bright House is now restored and located on Craven Street.
An unusual duel occurred during the third battle of New Bern. During the evening of February 2, 1864, the Confederate band and the Union band engaged in a musical serenade and sparring of their own.