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for The State Vol. 54 Issue 7, Dec 1986
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James McAllister and Williamson Fuller were both born in Fayetteville in the mid-19th-century. McAllister's wife was a slave owned by a distinguished Cumberland County family which included his friend Fuller. McAllister was so grateful for their friendship that he willed his property to Fuller. Fuller combined the five thousand dollars he received for selling the property and his own five thousand dollars worth of Bethlehem Steel Co. stock to create the â€œJames McAllister Fund.â€ It is not a charity; monies are distributed annually as Christmas gifts to â€œrecognize colored people who live in close community and harmony with both races.â€
Halifax Woods was only eighteen years old when General Hoke asked him to dress as a Union soldier and pass through the enemy lines in May of 1864. Woods's mission was to report to Union officers that Confederate troops were advancing on the James River. Woods carried out this scheme and quickly rode away before Union officers could question his story. The Union's plans to advance were slowed while the report was checked and discovered to be false. This delay led to the Battle of Drewry's Bluff and an advance on Richmond was stopped.
The majority of North Carolinian's delegates were Anti-Federalists who voted to reject the federal constitution in 1788. Out of 268 delegates in North Carolina William R. Davie, Alexander Martin, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Hugh Williamson, and William Blount were elected by the General Assembly to serve as founding fathers. The following year opinion shifted and North Carolina became the twelfth state to ratify the constitution.