IN THIS SMALL PLACE is the culmination of a lifetime of historical research by the author. It is a series of interconnecting true stories about a small eastern North Carolina town (Havelock) and its surrounding environs (Craven County), its people and its past.
The book covers the period from the 1690s when the earliest European settlers arrived. It explains the local Tuscarora Indian War, Civil War events, the coming of the railroad, the local production of illegal liquor, the naval stores industries, the founding of the City of Havelock and the establishment of Cherry Point, the world’s largest Marine Corps air station. Included in the book is a never-before-published first person account of the Battle of New Bern during the Civil War by a Union soldier. Also included is a three-chapter biography of British Maj. Gen. Sir Henry Havelock, the city’s namesake. In contrast to a typical local history, In This Small Place sets out to be more accessible than archetypal accounts of the past filled with dates and names. This is accomplished through the author’s conversational, informal style and a light sprinkling of humor.
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Despite the laid back approach, In This Small Place is being hailed by authoritative sources as a valuable historical resource. Its details about the three centuries since the community’s settlement, the thoroughness of its research and the reproduction of rare artwork and photographs have drawn praise from historians, journalists and the reading public alike.
In this volume you will discover: Readers Comments: “A loving, colorful account of Havelock’s place in history. Readers will be truly amazed…simply too interesting not to share.” Original details, rare photos, illustrations and maps… Table of Contents:
“The True Story Told for the First Time”
Here you will find never-before-revealed insights into the untold, compelling, and remarkable history of Havelock and eastern Craven County. Think nothing happened here until the coming of Cherry Point? Think again.
▪ The Havelock district was settled before the founding of New Bern.
▪ The massive Yankee invasion and three-year Civil War occupation of Havelock featuring a soldier’s gripping chronicle published here for the first time.
▪ Why the early settlers disappeared.
▪ Why the Havelock-Harlowe area became the notorious moonshining, bootlegging, rum-running capital of North Carolina.
▪ MCAS Cherry Point is not at Cherry Point.
▪ The bloody Indian war that caused local death and destruction.
▪ The inestimable impact of the railroad and the U.S. Marines.
▪ Important historic details about New Bern, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City, Harlowe, Croatan, Riverdale, and more.
“I loved it. I can’t believe Havelock now has a resource like this.”
—Steve Thompson, retired history teacher and Civil War researcher
—Hunter Bretzius, Associate publisher/Executive editor, Havelock News
Foreword — by Skip Crayton
1 A Story to Tell
2 Why the Yankees Invaded Havelock
3 Union Fleet Foretells Change
4 Good Times, Bad Times
5 A Visit to the Old Homeplace
6 The Moon Shines on Havelock
8 Local Railroad Tales
9 Yanks vs. Rebs
10 Burning the Fort at Master’s Mill
11 Major Bryan Sells Some Land
12 Riding the “Shoofly Express”
13 A Spaniard Spends the Night
14 What Happened to the Local Indians?
15 Our Hero and Namesake
16 The Sepoy Mutiny
17 How Havelock Got Its Name
18 Send in the Marines
19 A New Morning
20 Tidbits, Morsels & Leftovers
In this volume you will discover:
“A loving, colorful account of Havelock’s place in history. Readers will be truly amazed…simply too interesting not to share.”
Original details, rare photos, illustrations and maps…
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