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High Point, when further conflict was in vain. Since the war he has resided at Goldsboro, where he is successfully engaged in business as furniture manufacturer. James C. Borden, a brother of the foregoing, held the rank of captain in the First North Carolina cavalry, served throughout the war with that famous command, and surviving the perils of battle, died at his home in 1885.
McDowell Boyd, of Pinnacle, N. C. , is a native of Pitt county, born April 20, 1846. On account of his youth he did not enter the Confederate service in the field until the last year of the war, though he was previously on duty as a drill-master at Weldon and Goldsboro. Then, enlisting as a private in Company H of the Sixteenth battalion, in the cavalry brigade of Gen. W. P. Roberts, he joined the army of Northern Virginia at Orange Court House and fought under Fitzhugh Lee during the campaigns of 1864, participating in the fights at Belfield, Reams Station and other noted combats. Toward the close of the war, while at home to obtain a fresh horse, he was cut off from the army by the Federals. He then reported to General Whitford and served with his command in eastern North Carolina until the surrender. He was paroled at Swift Creek, and returned to his home, and in 1875 removed to Pinnacle, where he has since resided, prospering in his occupation as a farmer, also as a manufacturer of tobacco, his business during the past few years. He has served as deputy sheriff of Surry county, and now holds the position of gauger for Stokes county in the United States internal revenue service. In 1866 he was married to Annie Bernard.
Robert H. Bradley, marshal and librarian of the supreme court of North Carolina, was born in Edgecombe county in 1840. He enlisted April 18, 1861, in the Edgecombe Guards, Capt. J. L. Bridgers, which later was assigned as Company A to the First North Carolina regiment. He was associated with this regiment during its six months service, in which time it was so fortunate as to demonstrate in the first battle of the war, at Big Bethel, on the Virginia peninsula, the daring and staying qualities of the North Carolina soldier. In this affair Private Bradley was one of the five who were vol-