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for The State Vol. 48 Issue 10, Mar 1981
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The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was a crucial part of the Confederate supply line for Richmond. In July, Union forces focused their attention on severing the railroad bridge at Weldon. Led by General Matt W. Ransom, 200 Confederates held off Union Colonel Samuel P. Spears and his 2,000 men at the bridge. Having been surprised while swimming, many Confederate soldiers fought the battle without clothes.
Willie Taglieri was a police officer in Manhattan for seven years before becoming an artist in 1958. Last year, the Kellenberger Foundation and the Craven and Jones County Art Councils put together a grant for Taglieri to pant a scaled-down mural in a former bank building in downtown New Bern. Taglieri is currently working on the full-scale mural in the courthouse and hopes to have it completed by May.
On April 16, 1865, General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered at Bennett Place. Now a state historical park and museum, all of the main buildings at Bennett Place have been restored, and plans for a visitor's center are underway. The surrender documents are on display as are pictures of Atlanta after it was burned.
James Boyd of the coal firm Boyd, Stickney and Company, accumulated over 1,500 acres of land in his lifetime. He named his land Weymouth Woods and built a home for his family there. Boyd died suddenly in 1910 and the estate passed onto his grandson who took down the original home and built a new one in 1922.
William Braxton was granted a 265 acre plat from Lord Granville in 1756. The land is in Alamance County, and the Braxton family lives there still. They own the entire plat and even have the deed granting Braxton the land.