Thursday, March 21, 2013
ANY QUESTION AS TO WHY RESENTMENT HAS LASTED 150 YEARS…
"Once Northern troops entered the abandoned Fort Anderson, they were drawn to the historic graveyard and ruins of nearby St. Philips Church where they “dug up the remains of the coffins, broke open the tombs and scattered the bones, looking for jewelry and silver coffin plates; at which time many of the gravestones were destroyed”
Before departing the fort for their advance on Wilmington, Northern troops defaced the Church and removed its cornerstone.
Author James Laurence Sprunt wrote that patriot and Judge
Parker Quince's "tomb though battered by Northern shellfire
and marred by vandals, [it] still remains as one of the most
imposing there..." Another Northern cannonball "struck and demolished a simple tombstone bearing the epitaph:
"Here lies the body of Benjamin Smith, one time Governor of North Carolina. "When only 21 years old, Smith served as an aide to General Washington in the retreat from Long Island in August 1779, and performed his duty gallantly at Fort Moultrie that same year while driving the British from South Carolina.