T.J. Bland’s Store

(Chowan County)

Featured Character – The Home Front

Soldiers of the 45th Massachusetts Stealing Pigs in Eastern North Carolina

Courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library

Pasquotank and surrounding counties saw numerous raids and burnings during January 1863. T.J. Bland’s store in Chowan County was a location of constant theft. It was robbed and “2000 dollars worth of goods” was stolen. According to tradition, the local Buffaloes found the missing merchandise in a house next to the store and claimed that citizens of the town were committing the robberies.