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Confederate spy Emeline Jamison Pigott was the most famous of the seven Pigott sisters, who were born in Carteret County between 1828 and 1842. Pitts reconstructs some of the family's history to show contributions made by the other sisters to Carteret County's heritage.
Portsmouth Island sits on the southern tip of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Once a booming fishing and shipping town, it now sits abandoned except by tourists. Every two years, descendants of the island’s residents hold a reunion to celebrate the influence of Portsmouth in their lives.