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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 7 Issue 2, Nov 1994
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Palatines, the first settlers in the New Bern area, created the first church in 1710. Shortly after their arrival, Christopher de Graffenried, founder of New Bern, established the Anglican Church which later reorganized into the Episcopal Church. Over the years, many churches of various denominations have been started in New Bern and Craven County.
A New Bern celebration that vividly stands out is the welcome once given to the Ninth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Despite New Bern’s history with these former enemies, the overpowering reception for the soldiers demonstrated that former allegiances were overridden by the traumatic events they shared during the Civil War and respect for each other.
New Bern is the locale of the 1896 science fiction novel, For the Flag or Facing the Flag, written by Jules Verne. The story is about a missile inventor who is kidnapped near New Bern and taken aboard a schooner via submarine in the Neuse River. In the story, Verne writes of New Bern, Pamlico Sound, and other notable areas in eastern North Carolina.