New Volume on the War of 1812 Focuses on Bertie County

[This blog post comes from the Historical Publications Section, one of our sister organizations within the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.]

Book cover for Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812

Book cover for Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812

The Historical Publications Section announces the publication of Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812, by Gerald W. Thomas.

Destitute Patriots examines the contributions and sacrifices of the citizens of Bertie County in the context of North Carolina’s preparations for and participation in what has been called the “Second War of U.S. Independence.” Militiamen and regular army troops from the county suffered greatly during war from a lack of basic military equipment and supplies; yet, they offered their services to the perpetuation of the nation, its sovereignty, and the associated freedoms that had been earned almost three decades earlier in the Revolutionary War. The book’s title refers to the fact that many of these men did not receive their military pay until several years after the end of the war.

Gerald W. Thomas, a native of Bertie County, is a former congressional auditor and retired federal executive. He is the author of Divided Allegiances: Bertie County during the Civil War (1996) and Bertie in Blue: Experiences of Bertie County’s Union Servicemen during the Civil War (1998). Mr. Thomas is currently preparing a history of Bertie County during the Revolutionary War.

Destitute Patriots: Bertie County in the War of 1812 (paperbound; pp. xiii, 233; illustrations; index; 2012) sells for $25.62, which includes tax and shipping.  Order from the Historical Publications Section (AB), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the section’s secure online store at Destitute Patriots is also available through local bookstores and