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John Wheeler Moore

North Carolina

Lawyer, historian, novelist, and poet

John Wheeler Moore was born at Mulberry Grove Plantation, Hertford County, North Carolina in 1833. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and served in the Civil War as a Confederate Army officer. He practiced law in Murfreesboro, North Carolina and later moved to Maple Lawn Plantation in Hertford County. In the 1870s and 1880s, Moore published historical works, including a North Carolina history text, a roster of North Carolina troops in the Civil War (1882), a series of historical sketches of Hertford County, and a novel, The Heirs of St. Kilda (1881).

[Source: Abstract, John Wheeler Moore Papers, University of North Carolina] [See: Archibald Henderson, North Carolina: The Old North State and the New 39 (Lewis Publishing Co., 1941)]


Robert A. Riddick, Musings of a Bachelor, or, The Farmer Poet (Raleigh: Raleigh Christian Advocate Print, 1899)(introd. & three poems by Maj. John W. Moore)


John W. Moore, School History of North Carolina, from 1584 to 1879 (Raleigh: A. Williams & Co., 1879)(7th ed., 1889)(New York: American Book Co., 1901)(Alfred Williams & Co. 14th ed., 1894)(American Book Company, 14th ed., 1895)(American Book Co., rev. ed., 1901)

____________, The Heirs of St. Kilda: A Story of the Southern Past (Raleigh: Edwards, Broughton, 1881)(1880)

____________, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States (Raleigh: Ashe & Gatlin, 1882)(4 vols.)

____________, History of North Carolina: From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time (Raleigh: Alfred Williams & Co., 1880) [online text] (2nd ed., 1882)(New York: American Book Co., 1882)(4th ed., 1884)(5th ed., 1886)(8th ed., 1889)(9th ed., 1890)(10th ed., 1891)(Raleigh: C.C. McDonald, 1900)

____________, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States (Raleigh: Ash & Gatling, state printers, 1882)(Prepared, by order of legislature of 1881)

____________, Historical Sketches of Hertford County (Winton, North Carolina: Liberty Shield Press, 1998)(historical reprint of a 1877 & 1878 newspaper serial publication)

Research Resources

John Wheeler Moore Papers
Manuscripts Department
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill