The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit