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In February 1871 a tournament was held in Falkland - - an event involving \"tilting\" or non - combat forms of Knightly exercises. Tournaments such as these were actually one of the most popular types of entertainment in Eastern North Carolina following the Civil War. This tournament in Falkland involved not only several ring competitions, in which sixteen knights from the surrounding counties participated, but also a lavish dinner and a nighttime ball. The tournament, organized by O.L.C. Pitt, W.B.F. Newton, John Harris, and Charles V. Newton, was a great success with many fully costumed participants and numerous spectators.