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A small statue in the living room of a small private boarding house in Taylorsville commemorates Sergeant Ed Halyburton, the first American solider captured by the Germans during World War I. Halyburton, although seeing practically no active service, organized the American prisoners in German prison camps, keeping up their morale in the face of terrific hardship and slow death by exposure and starvation.
During World War I, more than 2,300 German citizens were housed in camp in Hot Springs, NC by the US Government. The government feared the Germans might be spies and interned them in the mountains. The Germans were not soldiers and lived in harmony with the local people. The history of the situation is briefly described.