Confederate Veteran Bryan Grimes Murdered by Assassin
On August 14, 1880, while returning home from a political convention in Beaufort County, Bryan Grimes was murdered by a hired assassin near Bear Creek, about five miles from his home in Pitt County. The murder was planned to prevent him from testifying in a court case.
Grimes was born in 1828 in Pitt County on his family’s plantation, “Grimesland.” A successful planter, he served the Confederacy throughout the entire war. He signed North Carolina’s secession ordinance, enlisted soon after, rose to the rank of Major General and served until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
After the surrender of Confederate troops and the end of the war, Grimes returned home. He worked to rebuild his family’s plantation to its former prosperity, and again became one of the most successful planters in North Carolina. Grimes lived in Pitt County with his second wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan, and his children until his death. At that time, he was a trustee for the University of North Carolina and well-respected throughout the state.
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