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Colonel C.L. Tew of South Carolina opened the Hillsboro Military Academy in Orange County in 1859. Enrollment increased as the war intensified, and, in 1865, the cadets were ordered to leave school and meet a regiment of raiders. The raiders, however, never came to the area and the students remained in their classrooms.
The first railroad lines were laid in North Carolina in 1833. By the 1880s, a line ran across the state but a business depression hit in 1893 and the railroads were sold in 1899. Despite financial troubles, trains ran the lines until 1949. Parts of the tracks remain, but are covered by the lines of modern diesel trains.
Found in the collection of Count Alain de Suzannet of Switzerland, a series of drawings and writings of Greensboro native William Sydney Porter has recently been bought for the Greensboro Public Library. Porter, better known as O. Henry, drew political cartoons and several of these, along with part of a script to his play â€œLo,â€ are included in the collection.\r\n
Controversy over the North Carolina senators' support for Andrew Jackson and states' rights led the legislature to hold session until 12:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve in 1834. The debate raged over a resolution that would expunge Whig Party Senator, Willie P. Mangum's vote to censure Andrew Jackson. Acceptance implied that state legislators had the power to tell the members of Congress how to vote.
A rail line that once linked Wilmington with the Piedmont beyond Mt. Airy was removed for scrap in 1969 after years of changing ownership and garnering unimpressive profits.
The trenches on the Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site provide a visual testament to North Carolina's bloodiest Civil War battle. Some 90,000 Northern and Southern soldiers clashed there in March of 1865, with 4,243 casualties the result. The Confederacy's last hope required that General Johnston stop General Sherman in Bentonville. General Lee surrendered shortly after Johnston's retreat.