National Civil War Trails Program

Tarboro and Edgecombe County are included in the National Civil War Trails program, through the NC Division of Tourism and the National Civil War Trails system. Informational signs that document the role of Tarboro and Edgecombe County during the Civil War and focus on Union General Edward Potter's raid and occupation of Tarboro on July 20, 1863 can be seen at several historic sites.

The signs also discuss the only significant battle in this portion of North Carolina which occurred later that day just east of Tarboro, known as the Battle of Daniel's Schoolhouse. The sign at Old Town Cemetery/Calvary Church honors the Union soldiers killed at Daniel's Schoolhouse, the many local Confederate veterans buried in Tarboro, and those who died here at the two Confederate hospitals on the Tarboro Town Common. These men include North Carolina's Governor during the first year of the Civil War, Gov. Henry Toole Clark, General William Dorsey Pender, several Colonels and other officers and numerous enlisted men.

Sign Locations
Daniel's Schoolhouse
In Tarboro, at the west entrance to the Blount-Bridgers House (Tour Headquarters)
Potter's Raid
In Tarboro, on the Town Common adjacent to Wilson Street
Old Town Cemetery
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In Tarboro, next to Old Town Cemetery/Calvary Church on E. St. James Street (behind Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church)
Princeville
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In Princeville a sign commemorates its founding by freed slaves at the Old Town Hall/African-American History Museum.