Watauga County Home GuardIn July 1863, Gov. Zebulon B. Vance created the Home Guard to protect communities and capture deserters, Unionists, and bushwhackers. The Guard was made up of men not liable for conscription because of age, health, and other reasons. Capt. Harvey Bingham commanded Watauga County's contingent, the 11th Battalion North Carolina Home Guard. Later, Bingham was promoted to major and the unit was enlarged to include two companies: A, under Capt. George McGuire, and B, under Capt. Jordan Cook. The county's first Home Guard camp was located farther up Cove Creek, while the second, Camp Mast, was constructed just across the creek in 1864. While one company manned the camp, the men in the other unit remained at home.
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|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 429461 N 4013429|
|Decimal Degrees||36.26321667, -81.78526667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 15.793', W 81° 47.116'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 15' 47.58" N, 81° 47' 6.96" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 207 Dale Adams Rd, Sugar Grove NC 28679, US|
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