From the Oct. 16, 2015, Raleigh (NC) News & Observer "Rogers: This Southerner says it's time to move "Silent Sam." Dennis Rogers
Sadly, the Confederate Flag debate comes to this blog.
"I am a proud Southerner whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy. I am also a proud alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Keeping the statue where it is now is a disservice to everyone. Confession: I am a native-born Southerner and proud of it."
His great-great grandfather, Private Warren Biggs, 10th N.C. Artillery (Heavy) served at Fort Fisher. He was first assigned as a cook and later served as a provost guard in Wilmington. He died of disease while on active duty here in 1863.
His family had the remains disinterred and removed them to a nearby church cemetery where his widow, Mahalia, had been buried for decades. The couple were reunited with full Confederate military honors. re-enactors from the 10th N.C. Artillery and 26th N.C. Infantry regiments served as honor guard and pall bearers.