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Alexander Martin (1740–1807)
Alexander Martin was a North Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention, fought in the American Revolution, and served as governor and in the state legislature.
Format: biography
All hail to thee, thou good old state
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.8
A poem by Mary Bayard Devereux Clarke, North Carolina writer and editor, written in 1854. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington's apotheosis — or elevation to the...
Format: image/painting
The Articles of Confederation
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 6.2
Full text of the Articles of Confederation, which established the first national government after the American colonies declared their independence from Britain. Includes historical commentary.
Format: constitution/primary source
Artillery fire
Artillery fire
As the British troops advance, Continental soldiers fire artillery in a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Format: image/photograph
The battle begins
The battle begins
In a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Continental soldiers watch while British troops fire at American militia. The militia were ordered to fire twice, then break formation. Since militia were not professional soldiers, how well they obeyed...
Format: image/photograph
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.2
During the American Revolution, on March 15, 1781, American and British armies met at Guilford Courthouse, in present-day Greensboro, North Carolina. Although the British won the battle, they lost so many troops that the battle ultimately helped the American cause. Includes a slideshow of photographs from a 2008 reenactment.
Format: article
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Soldiers reenact the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Format: image/photograph
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.7
In February 1776, Patriot militia companies fought an army of Loyalists, mainly Scottish Highlanders, at Moore's Creek Bridge near Wilmington, North Carolina. The Patriot victory convinced colonial leaders to push for independence.
Format: article
Battle re-enactment at Moore's Creek Bridge
Battle re-enactment at Moore's Creek Bridge
Revolutionary War re-enactors fire a cannon at Moore's Creek National Battlefield, near Currie, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
A black sailor in the American Revolution
A black sailor in the American Revolution
This African American sailor, whose portrait here was painted during the American Revolution, wears the uniform of a sailor in the navy rather than of one on a private ship.
Format: image/painting
The Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party
Format: image/illustration
The Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party
A British engraving of the Boston Tea Party, 1789.
Format: image/illustration
The Bostonians Paying the Excise Man
The Bostonians Paying the Excise Man
The Bostonians Paying the Excise Man, or "Tarring and Feathering." This British illustration shows the tarring and feathering of Boston Commissioner of Customs John Malcolm four weeks after the Boston Tea Party. The men also poured hot tea down...
Format: image/illustration
A British victory
A British victory
The British take the field after the Continental retreat at a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Format: image/photograph
A call for independence
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.9
After the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina's fourth Provincial Congress met at Halifax in April 1776, and resolved that the colony's delegates to the Continental Congress should support a move to declare independence.
Format: article
Cannon smoke
Cannon smoke
After the Continentals fire their cannon at a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, smoke obscures their view of the battlefield.
Format: image/photograph
Casualties
Casualties
In a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, men begin to fall as the British and Continentals exchange musket fire.
Format: image/photograph
Chaos in Salem
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.6
Excerpt from diaries of the Moravian congregation at Salem, North Carolina, in 1781, describing the Moravians' treatment by Patriot militias. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source