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Why North Carolinians Are Called Tar Heels


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The legends revolving around the origin of the work \"Tar Heel\" are numerous and confusing. The two most frequently cited yarns come from explanations in Clark's North Carolina Regiments (1901), and Creecy's Grandfather's Tales of North Carolina History (1901). Both versions were written long after the supposed events, and refer to the Civil War era, when the North Carolina soldiers were presumably noted for not retreating from advanced positions that they gained a reputation of having tar on their heels, incapacitating their flight in the heat of battle.
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