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Joseph Orville "JO" Shelby, Confederate General-When the war ended, Shelby and his men refused to admit defeat, and sank their battle flag in the Rio Grande River. In 1867 he became a key figure in helping heal the wounds of the Civil War. In 1892, Pres. Grover Cleveland appointed him US Marshall of the Western District of Missouri, a position he held until his death on February 13, 1897.

Richard Caswell Gatlin (January 18, 1809 – September 8, 1896) was assigned to command the department of North Carolina and the coastal defenses of the State. Soon after Gatlin was promoted to command, Fort Hatteras was captured by the Union. Gatlin then made preparations for the defense of New Bern. He made his headquarters at Goldsboro in September and there organized troops and prepared for the defense of the area.