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The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads - a Civil War clash in the Sandhills of N.C.
Posted Date:
7/18/2013
Malcolm Blue Historical Society presents its second program in the Spring Lecture Series: The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads – a Civil War clash in the Sandhills of North Carolina
Malcolm Blue Historical Society presents its second program in the Spring Lecture Series:

The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads – a Civil War clash in the Sandhills of North Carolina

Paul Brill, a Civil War historian and collector of artifacts and weaponry will present the program on Sunday, August 4th at 3pm in the Malcolm Blue Farm Museum. The address is 1177 Bethesda Road in Aberdeen, near the 1862 Old Bethesda Church and Cemetery. The event is free but donations and memberships are accepted. Please call (910) 944-7685 or email supersabre@nc.rr.com to make a reservation. Refreshments of the late 1800’s will be served.

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Paul Brill of Southern Pines will present a background and overview of the battle, a review of the principal officers (Generals Hampton, Wheeler and Kilpatrick) involved from both sides, and a display of Civil War weapon artifacts relevant to cavalry forces of that time. Various short rifles or carbines, revolvers, swords and leather goods will be shown.

The Malcolm Blue Farm Museum has featured a permanent exhibit since 1993 of the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and was accepted as a Civil War Trail Designation. A copy of Kilpatrick and the Cavalry, sketch of the Life of General Judson Kilpatrick written by James Moore MD, surgeon to the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry is part of this exhibit. The book was published by the end of 1865. One would think Kilpatrick was politicking for the presidency!

The Malcolm Blue Farm is on the National Registry and the museum has a permanent exhibit of artifacts, maps, graphics and brochures about The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads available to the public. The exhibit and brochure give a detailed review of the battle and events leading into the battle, including General Jordan’s cavalry encampment of about 1000 men at the old Bethesda Church and the Malcolm Blue farm on March 9, 1865. The farm is an official site of the North Carolina Civil War Trails.

Paul, a member of the local Civil War Round Table, has been a 40 year collector of artifacts and reader of Civil War history, and has recently published his first feature article in the national North/South Civil War Trader magazine, with a second research article recently submitted for publication.

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