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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 9 Issue 2, Nov 1996
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Following the Tuscarora Indian War in 1711-1712, North Carolina realized the need for a money system. During the colonial period, hard currency continued to be scarce until recognition of the Reed Gold Mine in 1799. The state experienced a massive gold rush until the early 1800s, and since then, the exchange system has continued to evolve.
The Kentucky Tragedy involved the 1825 murder of Colonel Solomon Sharp, one of Kentucky’s most prominent politicians, by Jereboam Beauchamp. Shortly after the murder, Joseph Hutton of New Bern wrote a dramatic play based on the Tragedy. Sharp’s brother claimed he had additional information for the play, and ultimately Hutton’s play was never produced.
The United States District Court was established in New Bern, North Carolina in 1790. Except during the Civil War, federal court has been held in New Bern ever since. Murals and architecture displayed by the Federal Building depict the history and symbolism of New Bern and the United States.
On March 29, 1862, the Reverend William R. G. Mellen, Chaplain of the 24th Massachusetts Regiment stationed in New Bern, wrote a personal letter to a minister friend. Mellen’s letter reflects his dedication to his ministry in time of war, and personal insight into life in New Bern.