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NC Patriots of ’61 – Sons of Governor William A. Graham

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North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – Sons of Governor William A. Graham, Orange County

Former Governor (1845-1849), United States Senator (1840-1843), Secretary of the Navy (1850-52), and 1852 vice-presidential candidate with Winfield Scott, William A. Graham gave five of his seven sons to fight for North Carolina’s independence. He served as a State senator 1854-1866, and member of the Confederate Congress 1864-1865.

Major John W. Graham organized Company D (Graham Rifles) of the 56th North Carolina Regiment, with brother and fellow officer Captain Robert D. Graham. The 56th North Carolina fought through the battles of Gum Swamp, Plymouth , Drewry's Bluff , the Petersburg trenches south of the James River, and Appomattox.

Captain Joseph Graham served with the Charlotte Artillery, Company C, 10th North Carolina Troops. This battery participated in the many battles of the Army of Northern Virginia – across Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Major William A. Graham fought with Company K, 2nd North Carolina Cavalry, seeing action around New Bern, Kinston and Washington; Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Hanover, Gettysburg, Hanover Court House, Haws Tavern, Wilson’s Farm, Hampton’s Cattle Raid, Five Forks, and Appomattox. After the war he served as a State senator and agricultural commissioner.

Captain James A. Graham commanded Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Regiment under Col. John R. Cook. A student at Chapel Hill when he entered service in April 1861 in the Orange Guards, his unit saw action at New Bern, Sharpsburg, Wilderness (severely wounded), Fort Euliss, Harper’s Ferry, Bristol Station, Hatcher’s Run, Mine Run, Southerland’s Tavern and Appomattox.

(Source: Captain James A. Graham, Confederate Veteran, Volume 4, 2002, pp. 42-44)

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