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Updated 08/04/2012

Captain Henry C. Grady Chapter #296

Anson/Union Counties

Click on the underlined name below to e-mail the Commander:

Commander: John Williams

3072 Champion Lane

Concord, NC 28025

Telephone - 704-262-9689

Cell Phone - 704-507-5350

Adjutant: David M. Edwards

1628 Pleasant Grove Church Road

Wadesboro, NC 28170-7248

Telephone - 704-695-1466

Our Scheduled Meeting Dates . . .

We meet once a quarter on the first Saturday on the first month of the quarter. Meeting locations may vary,  but the regular meeting place is at Windy Knoll Farm near Wadesboro.

Chapter Highlights . . .

Our chapter is named for Henry C. Grady who enlisted in Monroe (Union County) in 1861 at the age of 17 into Company D, 37th NC Infantry. Voted in a Corporal in ‘61, he rapidly rose in rank. He was captured at Hanover Courthouse in ‘62, wounded at Chancellorsville in May ‘63. Grady was mortally wounded at age twenty.  He is buried in the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery.

Anson, Union, and Mecklenburg Counties area produced crops to feed the troops, cotton to buy equipment and needed supplies, and many items to arm the troops.  Among other industries, Charlotte had the Naval Shipyard.  Wadesboro was one of six cotton depots in the state of North Carolina.  Wadesboro was home to the Arnold & Cooley factories.  Bayonets, dirks, daggers, and swords were made at their factory on West Wade Street.  Their Jones Creek factory manufactured rifled muskets.  This factory was powered by a sixty acre mill pond that was created especially for the factory in 1862.


Documenting Anson County Confederates -
A project of the members of the Capt. Henry C. Grady Chapter

The first three articles below pertain to the sword and gun factories of Arnold and Cooley in Wadesboro.

Arnold & Cooley Drowning

Arnold & Cooley Obituaries

Arnold & Cooley Sword Factory

"Whiffs from My Old Camp Pipe" by Leonidas L. Polk - Details the 43rd NC Regiment during the War. Polk was a prewar militia colonel, an aspiring politician, a wartime lieutenant who was occasionally accused of cowardice, and founder of the Progressive Farmer magazine. - Updated 05/30/2011

"Whiffs from My Old Camp Pipe" by Leonidas L. Polk - Article written November 1, 1876 and added to above article as an update on 05/30/2011.

Secession Meeting at Ansonville  - An account from a South Carolina paper reprinted in the North Carolina Argus about a secession meeting and pole raising at Ansonville.

Interview with Gaston Huntley - From “Book of Rememberances”, a large ledger book with handwritten articles and original photographs that was put together by the Anson County United Daughters of the Confederacy per request by the county commissioners in the mid 1930’s.

The North Carolina Argus - The newspaper was published in Wadesboro, NC. These are transcriptions of any article which mentioned Company K of the 26th NC Regiment (The Pee Dee Wildcats) from December 1860 (first secession declaration in Ansonville) to February 1865.

Tracking the Pee Dee Wildcats - A presentation on the movements of Company K, Pee Dee Wildcats, 26th NC Infantry Regiment, Company K was from Anson County.