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Colonel David Coleman of Buncombe County, leader of the 39th NC Regiment of Volunteers during the Civil War, is one of the least known of the state's heroes. Although he fought in a number of battles, it was the Battle of Chickamauga that gave him his shining moment. With his brigade commander wounded and second-in-command killed, Coleman took command, leading thousands of troops against a strong Yankee artillery position. His courageous action contributed to the Confederate victory.
Eastern North Carolina could have been a major battleground of the Civil War. It was close to the Confederate capital in Richmond. The area possessed valuable resources, and many citizens supported the Union cause. Yet Northern war strategy bypassed the region, except for the capture of Roanoke Island and New Bern in 1862. It would be late 1864 before the Union recognized the area's value and moved to capture it.