Ploughboys at Oak Grove Plantation

Oak Grove Plantation

Ploughboys Camp Store

The Battle at Black River was reenacted this past weekend at Oak Grove Plantation in Averasboro, NC.   The Ploughboys were well represented in the units that make up the Edenton Bell Battery and Braddy’s Battery.  Dwight Lovick, Dale Hubbard, Randi Horne, and Mark Whitley helped run the Camp Store.  About 1,000 spectators were on hand throughout the weekend.  They were able to watch a rare night battle, tour the Oak Grove Plantation house, visit the troops in their camps, watch soap being made, see a blacksmith at work, etc.

Ploughboys Shell Beaver Dam

The annual “Fish Fry” and cannon demonstration took place on Saturday, January 28th.  About 100 were in attendance.  The cannons and crew were provided by the Edenton Bell Battery and Braddy’s Battery.   The meal featured barbeque, shrimp, chicken wings, baked potatoes, french fries, slaw, baked beans, and hush puppies.  Somehow, there was no fish at the “fish fry” but not a soul complained.

January Meeting Change….FISH FRY

Big Announcement: January Meeting Date, Time, and Place Changed…..
Meeting will be Saturday, January 31st at David Vinson’s House  (10164 Norris Road  Autryville)
FISH FRY … normal cost $6

Order of Events
Noon – Begin Gathering for Fellowship Time & Preparation of Food
12:30 – Eat Lunch
1:00 – Camp Meeting
2:00 – Program …. Live Artillery Fire

Upcoming Events
Fort Fisher Reenactment – January 17th
Oak Grove Living History – February 28th & March 1st 10 AM – 3 PM

Cumberland Plough Boys and Edenton Bell Battery Start Year off with a Bang!


Plough Boys take Beaver Dam


On Saturday, January 5th the Cumberland Plough Boys Camp 2187 kicked off the new year with a day of remembering our ancestors.


Plough Boys Ken Bell, W. S. Jackson, Dwight Lovick, and David Vinson man the cannon

In the morning a few members of the Camp met at Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville to kick off the Confederate Soldiers Project.  Mike Willis, Durwood Beasley, and Mark Whitley spent a few hours recording grave information and taking photos.

Afterwards, the Camp met for lunch at Lt. Commander Vinson’s residence for a spread of barbeque, chicken, and fish.   Shortly afterward, the Edenton Bell Battery demonstrated cannon fire and the role of the artillery men.  Beaver Dam was under siege as the cannon was fired approximately twenty times.   Members of the Plough Boys and some of the locals got an opportunity to fire the big gun.  It was a good thing nobody was firing back, because unlimbering the cannon and move quickly would have been difficult for the troops considering all the food they put away.

A special thanks goes out to the Edenton Bell Battery for providing us with this great educational opportunity.  A good time was had by all.