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5 Fun Facts About September 19 In North Carolina History

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1. On September 19, 1780, American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene and his Continental Army clashed with British General Charles Cornwallis' army at the Battle of Charlotte, near Charlotte, North Carolina. The battle was brief but intense, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, but ultimately ended in a British victory.

2. September 19, 1864, marks the beginning of the Battle of Fisher's Hill in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The battle was a significant Union victory under the command of General Philip Sheridan and helped secure the Union's hold on the strategic valley.

3. On September 19, 1938, North Carolina State University dedicated Reynolds Coliseum, one of the largest college basketball arenas in the country at the time. The facility was named after Richard Reynolds, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who helped fund the construction of the building.

4. September 19, 1955, saw the opening of the Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem Airport, now known as Piedmont Triad International Airport. The airport serves as a major hub for domestic and international travel in central North Carolina.

5. In 1981, North Carolina poet Robert Morgan won the Southern Book Award for his novel "The Truest Pleasure". The book tells the story of a young woman named Ginny who moves with her husband to the rugged mountains of western North Carolina in the late 1800s, and chronicles her struggles to build a life in the isolated community. Morgan is widely regarded as one of the state's most prominent literary figures.
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