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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 45 Issue 4, Oct 1968
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From its home port of Edenton, North Carolina the brig 'Fair American' was to make war on British shipping during the American Revolution as a privateer. During its maiden voyage, it was taken by a British frigate and its crew imprisoned at Forten Gaol near Gosport, England. While in Forten Gaol, the crew of 'Fair American' participated in one of the largest prisoner escapes of the American Revolution. About 60 sailors escaped the prison in a tunnel dug into a nearby house, while most were recaptured within days, the captain and lieutenant of 'Fair American' made it back to Boston and back into military service for the war.
During the Presidential election of 1856, North Carolina Republican Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick was the focus of a political witch hunt by North Carolina Democratic leadership, particularly newspaper editors. A professor of agricultural chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Hendricks supported Republican John C. Fremont in his bid for the Presidency which in North Carolina was tantamount to abolitionism. Hedrick publically opposed slavery itself and its use in the territories but defended its practice in the South. Unacceptable to Democratic leadership in North Carolina, Hedrick was dismissed from his academic position for political agitation.
During the colonial period, eastern North Carolina possessed an inadequate and underdeveloped system of roads. To better road conditions, the colony tried appointing road commissioners, building bridges at public expense and putting up signposts and mile markers. Though they tried to improve the road network, the failure to enforce laws, the physical obstacles of the state's geography and shortages in the labor pool kept road conditions poor.
During the summer of 1918, the German submarine U-117 stalked the coast of the United States, sinking military and commercial shipping alike. On August 15th, the U-117 torpedoed the British tanker 'Mirlo' off of Cape Hatteras. The nearby Chicamacomico Coast Guard livesaving station responded to rescue the wayward British sailors.