Major Jonathan Evans Grave Located

Exciting News!!!!!   The grave of Major Jonathan Evans, the first Captain of the Plough Boys, was located by Mike Willis.  The cemetery is located off Evans Dairy Road.   He was the first Commanding Officer of the Plough Boys, but was quickly promoted to Major of the 24th Regiment.  The graves of all three Captains of the Cumberland Plough Boys have now been found.

Jonathan Evans Grave

Jonathan Evans Grave


Big Event this Weekend at Averasboro

History will come alive this weekend at Averasboro.  Come visit Oak Grove Plantation House, an original home used as a Hospital during the Battle of Averasboro.  There will be both Confederate and Union Re-inactors on hand.  You can tour the Plantation House, walk through the Camps, see live demonstrations, or purchase wares from the sutlers.

The Oak Grove Plantation’s living history will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be food available for purchase.  Cost will be $5 for adults, and children under 12 will be admitted free.

To find out more about Oak Grove and the event, read
“Living history meets cannon balls, encampments, and possible ghosts.”


Last Roll Call – Ronnie Horne


Ronald Wayne Horne (“Ronnie”) has answered his Last Roll Call.  The original Color Sergeant and Charter Member of the Cumberland Plough Boys will “forward the colors” to the Promised Land.  Ronnie passed away on January 1, 2014 at age 56.

Ronnie was a loyal Southerner who was a friend to all who broke bread with the Plough Boys.  He would always greet you with smile and a few jokes or stories.  He will truly be missed.

Ronnie was the son of the late Roy and Annie Dale James Horne.  In addition to
his  parents he was predeceased by a sister, Betty Joe Sparks and
brothers, William “Bill” Horne and David Horne.  He was Supervisor of
Street Maintenance for the City of Fayetteville.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 6 in Freedom Biker
Church of Fayetteville, 455 Rock Hill Rd., with Pastor J. D. Tew
officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery,
5064 Macedonia Church Rd. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM, Sunday,
January 5 at Butler Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton Rd., Stedman.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Randi Horne of the home; daughter,
Rowna Simmons of Little River, SC; brother, Milton Horne of Hope Mills;
sisters, Delores Tyler of Eastover and Judy Horne of Salemburg; and 2
grandchildren, Donnie Locklear and Danielle Locklear.  Also surviving is
his beloved dog, “Henry”.


Ronnie Horne signing the Cumberland Plough Boys Charter


Ploughboy Christmas Party fitting end to 2013

The Ploughboys ended 2013 with a festive get together.  76 were in attendance to celebrate the Christmas Season and to gather together and swap tales.   Floyd Starling and Richard Horne prepared a fine feast that included ribeye steak, baked potatoes, salad, and desert.

2013 Chrismas Party

2013 Chrismas Party

2013 got off to a great start with a bang as the Edenton Bell Battery shot the cannon in January at David Vinson’s house.  2013 accomplishments included the formation of the camp store, a successful vidalia onion sale, two store outings in Stedman and one each in Rocky Mount, Campbelton, and Murfreesboro.  Many confederate graves were recorded and the website had many soldier pages added.  The membership at the end of the year was 45, along with 2 associates.

May 2014 be even more productive.

Private Isaac Sims Willis to be Honored

A grave dedication ceremony for Private Isaac Sims Willis will be held on October 13th at 2 p.m. at the Willis Family Cemetery. The Willis Family Cemetery is located in the northern part of Bladen County on Chickenfoot Road, just north of Pages Lake Road.

Isaac Sims Willis was born on May 11, 1815, the son of Jeremiah Willis (1798-1825) and Abigail Sims (1795-1872). He was a farmer in Bladen County until he enlist in the 8th North Carolina Senior Reserves on May 14, 1864. He originally served in Captain David Callihan’s Company, but transferred to Captain Neill McNeill’s Company on November 10, 1864. The 8th Senior Reserves main duty was to pursue conscripts.

Isaac Sims Willis married Flora Ann McArthur (1812-1905) on September 4, 1844. They had nine children: Francis Marion Willis (1844-1924), Susanna Willis (1847-1912), Thomas Jefferson Willis (1848-1907), Henrietta Willis (1849-1875), Isaac Newton Willis (1849-1851), Narcissa Willis (1851-1915), Mary Isabella Willis (1852-1927), and John Edwin Willis (1857-1916).

Great Grandson, Gene Willis and 2nd Great Grandson, Mike Willis have obtained and placed the marker.  The Willis Family cordially invites those who wish to honor this soldier and his family to attend the memorial service.


Grandson of Captain James Smith Evans contacts the Camp

James Smith Evans, III recently discovered our website and decided to contact us by e-mail.  Mr. Evans graciously has sent us a couple of photos of Captain James Smith Evans.

Captain James Smith Evans

Captain James Smith Evans

The second photo is a family portrait.   Captain James Evans is wearing the bow tie.

Family of James Smith Evans & Lucy Dickson Pearsall

Family of James Smith Evans & Lucy Dickson Pearsall

Free Confederate Research in April is offering its Confederate Records for free during the month of April.   This is your chance to research your Ancestor and to make copies of his Service Records.   All you need is the name of your ancestor and the unit in which he served.   The search function on this site tends to bring up thousands of hits, and it is very time consuming to sift through all the matches.  Most of the matches will not be your ancestor.  Instead, choose Records/Browse Records at the top of the page.  Then you will be given a category listing.  In that listing, choose Civil War, then choose Civil War Service Records, then choose Confederate Records, then the State (for most of us that will be North Carolina), and then the unit.  The records will be organized by the first letter in the last name.

What can you expect to find?  Some records are plentiful and others are very sparse.  Most will have muster rolls.  You may find the height, hair color, and skin tone of your ancestor.  You may find pay vouchers, reports of imprisonment, or parole.  In some instances there may be pertinent letters.  It’s always exciting to see what is there.


W. S. Jackson to Command Plough Boys in 2013

Commander W. S. Jackson

Commander W. S. Jackson

W. S. Jackson has been elected to serve as Commander of the Cumberland Plough Boys for the next year.  The Annual Meeting of Camp 2187 occurs every January and culminates in the election of officers for the next year.  Past Commander Mark Whitley completed his second consecutive term which is the most allowed by Camp By-Laws.

Joining Commander Jackson on the Executive Council is 1st Lieutenant Commander Ken Bell, 2nd Lieutenant Commander David Vinson, Adjutant Mark Whitley, and Judge Advocate Fitz Johnston.  The Judge Advocate is an appointed position and serves as the fifth member of the council when the Past Commander holds another elected position or is unable to fill the position.

Commander Jackson has already made the following appointments:

Chaplain – Greg Maxwell
Color Sergeant – Mike Willis
Quartermaster – Dwight Lovick
Assistant Quartermaster – Jackie Ware
Assistant Quartermaster – Mack Eason
Drill Sergeant – Ronnie Horne

Other appointments may be forthcoming.

Confederate Soldiers Project

The Confederate Soldiers Project is officially underway.   The List of Confederate Companies is now posted, along with the Soldiers who comprise those companies.  This is the first step in what is expected to be a decade long project of identifying and recording the military and family information on all the Confederate Soldiers from the five-county area surrounding Fayetteville.

We are now in the process of identifying Soldiers who are originally from the five-county area but served in Companies that didn’t have a large contigent of soldiers from this area.  We are also developing an alphabetical list of all the soldiers for cemetery research.

An Our Ancestors page will be next on the agenda for the Web Page.  This page will provide links to pages on the Confederate Soldiers who are lineal ancestors of Camp Members and collateral ancestors for those who joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans by that relationship.  We look forward to sharing our proud history.