The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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July 12, 2013

New Book Examines Bertie County's Role in the Revolution

Friday, July 12, 2013 — RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina actively supported the rebellion against Great Britain, but breaking ties with the throne was not unanimously supported in the colony. A new title from the Historical Publications Section of the N.C. Office of Archives and History, "Rebels and the King's Men: Bertie County in the Revolutionary War" portrays the overall dedication of a small rural community to freedom and democracy - the underpinnings of the American experience.  


Rebels and King's Men documents the contributions of Bertie citizens to the war effort and chronicles their service and sacrifices. Men served in significant numbers in North Carolina's Continental Line regiments and companies of the county's detached militia. But a segment of the population devoutly supported King George III and became entwined in a Loyalist conspiracy that sprouted in northeastern North Carolina during the spring of 1777. Once exposed in Bertie and neighboring counties, the plot was quickly and thoroughly crushed by Whig leaders.


This is the third volume in the Bertie at War series by Bertie County native Gerald W. Thomas. The retired former auditor and federal employee is also author of "Divided Allegiances: Bertie County during the Civil War," "Bertie in Blue: Experiences of Bertie County's Union Servicemen during the Civil War" and "Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812."


"Rebels and Kings: Bertie County in the Revolutionary War" (paperback; pp. xvii, 221; illustrations; index; 2013) sells for $25.62, including tax and shipping. Order from the Historical Publications Section (PR), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC, 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the secure online store at The book is available also through local bookstores and on


The Historical Publications Section is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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