Governor Roy Cooper had at least four Confederate soldiers in his grandmother’s line. They were all brothers, all of them served honorably, and suffered — one was shot through the right hip at Gettysburg, captured, and died of his wounds almost a month later (probably in agony.) Another was captured at Gettysburg and confined in two Yankee POW camps at various times. Another died in camp near Kinston, NC of typhoid fever. The fourth is the only one who served and made it home. Governor Cooper should be *ashamed* of his desire to tear down monuments erected to the memory of these poor soldiers in his own family, and others like them! Whether you agree with their cause or not, it is right to give them honor as veterans!
Three of Governor Roy Cooper’s ancestors who fought for the Confederacy served in Company A, 47th Regiment North Carolina Infantry, otherwise known as the “Chicora Guard.” They served under Captain John Houston Thorpe of Rocky Mount. John H. Thorpe was a good friend of Robert Henry Ricks; they had their picture made together in their Confederate uniforms, and Ricks went into business with John H. Thorpe’s son, Alex P. Thorpe, after the war, starting the Thorpe & Ricks tobacco company in Rocky Mount. Robert Henry Ricks is the man who paid for the Rocky Mount Confederate monument with his own money and had it erected and dedicated “to his comrades” who fought and died in the war. So, the Governor who wants monuments to Confederate veterans to come down had three Confederate ancestors who served under the best bud of the man who put up one of the Confederate monuments to the veterans. How ironic. There is also no evidence that any of those three brothers nor their parents owned slaves.