Plough Boys have close ties to Stedman

John Culbreth Blocker (1811-1890) along with his wife, Julia Ann Braddy (1815-1891) settled in eastern Cumberland County in 1841.  There he built a stagecoach house and a post office.  The area became known as Blockersville (later incorporated as the Town of Stedman).   John and Julia raised three children:  Octavius Harvey Blocker (1840-1905), Charles Henry Blocker (1842-1911), and Francis Eugene Blocker (1850-1883).

The Cumberland Plough Boys were organized on June 1, 1861 at Bethany Crossroads, which is 3 miles northwest of Stedman.  The Plough Boys totally comprised of a group of farmers were originally known as the 14th North Carolina Volunteers, but the unit’s designation was later changed to the 24th North Carolina Troops, Company F.  The Company’s first Commander was Captain Charles Henry Blocker.  His brother, Octavius was a 1st Sergeant, but was quickly promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.  The Blockers were the original inhabitants of the area we know as Stedman.

Charles Henry Blocker remained Captain of the Plough Boys until May of 1862 when he transferred to the Staff of Colonel Lamb at Fort Fisher with the 36th North Carolina.  In January 1865, he was captured at Fort Fisher and confined at Fort Columbus in New York Harbor.  On March 5, 1865 he was paroled.   Charles Blocker married Sally Cromwell, and they raised 13 children.  Before 1900, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Octavius Harvey Blocker remained with the Plough Boys until February 15, 1862 when he was appointed Captain of the 36th North Carolina, 2nd Company C.  This company was stationed at Fort Fisher.  Due to illness, Octavius had to resign his commission in August, 1862.  Octavius married Susan Moore.  They moved to Old Fort, North Carolina.

The town of Stedman incorporated many years after the Blockers left the area.  However, the town’s roots can be traced back to the leaders of the Cumberland Plough Boys.


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.


Our Ancestors

Ancestors of The Cumberland Plough Boys Camp 2187

Allen, Turner
Askew, Amos William
Autry, Daniel
Autry, Miles Costin
Bain, Angus Graham
Batten, Ransom
Beard, Daniel D.
Beard, James Robert
Beard, Neill
Beasley, Ephraim Oxford
Boushee, Consider
Bowman, Abel
Brown, Gregory
Bruton, John Morehead
Bryant, Major
Buffkin, Redding Richmond
Buie, Malcolm James Jr.
Burchett, Irvin Robert
Carty, King Solomon
Culbreth, Daniel Maxwell
Dennis, William Henry

Draughon, Garry Bright
Dunn, Cephus McGowan
Dunn, Joseph Samuel
Eason, Benjamin T.
Edge, Leonard
Ellis, James Thadius

Ezzell, John King
Ezzell, Lovett James
Faircloth, Isaiah
Ferrell, Elias
Ferrell, Gabriel
Fisher, John Henry
Frazier, Ransom Bryant
Gardner, Owen James
Hair, Martin Van Buren

Hall, Drew
Hall, Robert
Hall, William James
Hamrick, Charles Jefferson
Hatcher, Thomas M.
Hinnant, James H.
Holland, Thomas James
Horne, David
House, Redding
Hubbard, John Harold
Hyde, Jason S.
Jackson, Wiley Calvin
Johnson, Daniel Mack
Johnson, Daniel Nelson
Mangum, Priestly M.
Mitchell, John Alexander
New, John T.
Nunnery, Amos
Odom, Phillip E.
Odum, Ferdinand Gibson
Owens, Gabriel

Price, John Charles
Ray, Gilbert Carmichael
Sikes, Edmund Lafayette
Strickland, David
Strickland, Rubin
Strickland, Samuel
Sutton, John Bunyon
Taylor, John Pickney
Tew, Phillip Alexander
Thames, Calvin
Vinson, Samuel
Warren, James Calvin
Watson, Noah
West, Henry James
Whaley, John James
Whitley, David
Whitley, Micajah
Williams, Blackmon
Williams, Nathan
Willis, Francis Marion
Willis, Isaac Sims
Wilson, Francis Marion

Plough Boys Invade Charleston

Forty-two members and guests of the Cumberland Plough Boys, Black River Tigers, and the Hoke-McLauchlin Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp visited Charleston.  The group took a walking tour of Historic Charleston which was highlighted by a visit to the Confederate Museum.

House in Charleston

The Confederate Museum has an impressive collection of original artifacts from the War Between the States (more commonly but incorrectly called the Civil War).   Original Items included Regimental Flags, Confederate War Bonds, Confederate Uniforms, Canteens, UCV Reunion Medals, UDC Convention Badges, Photographs, and even a lock of hair from General Robert E. Lee.   The collection is impressive and I can honestly say if all 42 people got together, we still could not accurately describe all of the items.  While I understand the no photography restriction, I do wish the U.D.C. would hire a professional photographer to photograph all of the items and create a souvenir book for sale.  I certainly will visit the museum again when I can have much longer to look over every item.

In the afternoon, the group visited the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to view the remains of the Hunley.   The Hunley was the first submarine to successfully sink an opposing ship in battle.  The Hunley certainly was one of the first innovations to lead to our modern day submarine.  The process of retrieving the submarine from the ocean and preserving it today are quite impressive.  It is only surpassed, by the bravery and sacrifice given by the members of its three crews.

Below you will see a photo of the “New Hunley Crew” made up of members of all three SCV Camps.   The photo is taken of a replica of the original vessel.  Further below, you will get an appreciation of the minuteness of size of the Hunely’s Hatch.  Ken Bell, who is rather slender, had quite a time getting through it.

The New Hunley Crew


Ken Bell Squeeze

Ken Bell squeezes through hatch of the Hunley replica



August 28th Meeting: The Battle of Shiloh by Ken Bell

Our regular monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 28th at 7 p.m. at the Stedman Community Building.   Ken Bell recently visited the Battlefield at Shiloh, TN and will be presenting a program on the Battle that took place there.  Come out and support Ken in his presentation.   In our business meeting we will be discussing our October 6th field trip to Charleston,  Camp Dues, and the evolution of the website and the Confederate Soldiers Project.

Shohola Train Wreck

While working on recompiling a roster of troops for our area, I came across some information that I had originially discovered back in the early 90s.  A good number of soldiers from Cumberland County had died in a train wreck at Shohola, Pennsylvania. Continue reading