by Dr. Troy Kickler
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, North Carolina History Curriculum Project
September 26, 1780 – William R. Davie’s militia battled Lord Charles Cornwallis’s troops in Charlotte. Although a small conflict in Cornwallis’s Southern campaign, the Battle of Charlotte showcased the Americans’ resolve.
September 27, 1718 – “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet was captured near the Cape Fear River. He was executed shortly afterward.
September 28, 1829 – David Walker, a free black and native Wilmingtonian, published his Appeal to the Coloured People of the World. Scholar Gayraud Wilmore considered it “the most powerful piece of [anti-slavery] propaganda in the world.” Like other states, North Carolina soon banned certain books and pamphlets from entering its borders.
September 29, 1865 – Held three days before the state convention, the Convention of the Freedmen of North Carolina convened. In four days, the body expressed its concerns, including the right to vote and the right to testify in court.
September 30, 1922 – Camp Bragg became a permanent Army base. It was renamed Fort Bragg. It has been home to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, Ninth and Tenth Infantry Divisions, Second Armored Division, and U.S. Army Special Operations Command.