Gerald W. Thomas
Destitute Patriots examines the contributions and sacrifices of the
citizens of Bertie County in the context of North Carolina’s preparations
for and participation in what has been called the “Second War of U.S. Independence.” Militiamen and regular army troops from the county
suffered greatly during war from a lack of basic military equipment
and supplies; yet, they offered their services to the perpetuation of
the nation, its sovereignty, and the associated freedoms that had
been earned almost three decades earlier in the Revolutionary War.
Of particular note is the fact that many of these men did not receive
their military pay until several years after the end of the war.
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Gerald W. Thomas, a native of Bertie County, is a former congressional auditor and retired federal executive. He is also the author of Divided Allegiances: Bertie County during the Civil War (1996).
Mr. Thomas is currently preparing a history of Bertie County during the Revolutionary War.