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General Bryan Grimes had seven horses shot out from underneath him in the Civil War, but he was not killed in battle. In 1880 William Parker assassinated Grimes four miles outside his plantation in Pitt County. Grimes's neighbor Howell Paramour had paid Parker to commit the murder as an act of revenge. After a mistrial, the case was moved to Williamston, and the accused were set free. Parker was later lynched after bragging about getting away with the crime.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 54 Issue 8, Jan 1987, p11,25, il
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During the terrible days of Reconstruction, the local government was ruled by carpetbaggers. According to an article about Pitt County government at the time…”If hell had been raked over with a fine tooth comb, another set of scalawags could not be found.” In 1866, Reddick Carney killed a black man and repeated attempts to arrest him failed. A military company was sent to arrest him and Carney killed the officer in command of the squad. In 1868, a company of 14 black soldiers from Goldsboro, Sheriff John Foley and others went to Carney’s house to arrest him. A gun battle ensued and Carney’s house was burned down with him in it. The burning of the house was considered an outrage and the whole affair created a sensation in eastern North Carolina.