Among the many in North Carolina who joined the Confederate forces during the Civil War was a Watauga County lawyer, George N. Folk who was a representative of the General Assembly. In 1861, he resigned his seat in Raleigh, and ultimately raised, a company for Confederate service, the Watauga Rangers. In 1862, Folk was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 7th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry.
- According to one story, Taylor had been captured, escaped, and made his way into east Tennessee.
- Folk spied the members of Taylor’s group on the other side of a river. He ordered his cavalry to swim across.
- Samuel Tatum was also shot while trying to escape, although one account states he feigned death and survived the war.
“There are, however, many exploits to be explored concerning Tar Heel soldiers outside the ANV and Virginia theater of the war.”