Friday, May 13, 2016

Spanish-American War Memorial Dedicated in Goldsboro, NC-- Part 5: The Goldsboro Rifles

The Goldsboro Rifles were a company of volunteers for the Confederacy in the Civil War from the local area.  They were disbanded after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, but reestablished in the 1870s.  It was a company of soldiers and eventually T.H. Bain became their commanding officer with the rank of captain.

When war with Spain broke out in 1898, the U.S. government called for volunteers and many members of the Goldsboro Rifles answered the call.  Diseases in tropical camps claimed as many of the American troops as bullets on the battlefield.

Bain made his request to honor his fallen men in the local newspaper, but nothing ever came of it...until now.

My Great Uncle David M. Prince, whom I wrote about last week, was a member of the Goldsboro Rifles during World War I.

A Big Thanks to Logan Tillman.  --Cooter

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