Featured Character – Divided Allegiances
On February 22, 1863, while on patrol in Elizabeth City, Union soldiers encountered a group of guerillas. According to local tradition, nineteen-year old George Fearing had a clubbed foot and could not run from the gunfire. Fearing was killed instantly when a Union shell landed next to him. His mother, Submit Fearing, issued a "tongue lashing" to Union Lieutenant William J. Brown. Fearing’s burial registry at Christ Episcopal Church stated that he was shot by the enemy.