The Life and Liberty of Cornelius Harnett

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In the American Revolution, Cornelius Harnett's reputation for rebellion preceded him.

A ubiquitous name in local politics on the eve of the war and a well-known merchant, Harnett established himself as a defender of the state's identity.

He would gain such prominence that it's his signature on the document the declared North Carolina's independence from the British, making him one of the crown's most wanted patriots in the south.

While his death at the hands of the enemy was tragic, his story lives on 200 years later – even though he's still a somewhat unsung hero.

This week's episode explores his life and legacy with local history Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.

Cape Fear Unearthed is written, edited and hosted by Hunter Ingram. Additional editing by Adam Fish.

Season three is sponsored by Northchase Family Dentistry and Tidewater Heating & Air Conditioning.

Sources:

-- "Harnett, Hooper and Howe: Revolutionary Leaders of the Lower Cape Fear," by Alan Watson, Dennis Lawson and Donald Lennon

-- "Cornelius Harnett: A Revolutionary Patriot," by Andrew Howell

-- "Cornelius Harnett: An Essay in North Carolina History," by R.D.W. Connors

-- "The Book of Wilmington," by Andrew J. Howell

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