Christopher Columbus Bland, more affectionately known as "Kit," a Pitt County native, enlisted in Brunswick County at the age of nineteen on July 15, 1864. As Fort Fisher was assaulted by Union ships, Bland tried three times to put the Confederate flag atop the fort. However, he was caught and sent to prison at Cape Lookout, Maine on January 15, 1865. He was released on June 3, 1865. Eventually, he took up residence in Ayden and married Cecillia (Betty) Boyd (a direct descendant of Betsy Ross). Apparently, Bland had war-blood in him because several people reported that he was "chumping at the bit" to enter World War One. To commemorate his bravery in the Civil War, a monument was erected in the 1920s at Hancock's Churchyard two miles east of Ayden.