Digital Davie shares glimpses of Davie County history through digital images of the people, places, institutions, and events that have shaped the county in the past and continue to do so today.
Digital Davie makes extensive use of the research published in the book History of Davie County in the Forks of the Yadkin by James W. Wall, Davie County historian, whose dedication and lifelong interest in promoting county history are much appreciated by the citizens of Davie County.
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In 1860, just over 20% of Davie County families owned slaves; most families owned fewer than five slaves. Hinton Rowan Helper, born on the Squire Boone home site in Davie County, authored a book, The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It, which helped to inflame opposing sentiments leading up to the Civil War. Published in 1857, the book proposed abolishing slavery and influenced Lincoln's election to the Presidency. Davie County fielded eight volunteer companies in the war; almost half of the white male population in the county served in the military. On April 11, 1865 the Second and Third Brigades of General George Stoneman's army, numbering about 3,000 men, crossed the Yadkin River at Shallow Ford and came through Mocksville on the way to Salisbury with the intention of burning down the Confederate Prison. Mocksville escaped extensive damage due to Stoneman's hurry to free the prisoners. Stoneman's haste was for naught; the prisoners had been moved to Wilmington in February.