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A multi-year program of state-sponsored activities to commemorate, in an appropriate and historically accurate manner, the richness, diversity, and significance of the state’s participation in and contributions to the American Civil War.
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Our Freedom Symposium will be held in Winston-Salem, NC, on October 17-18, 2013. Please download our brochure (PDF) for information on registration, the agenda, and a list of presenters, moderators, and hosts. We hope to see you there!
Lay Down My Burden: Freedom and Legacies of the Civil War A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina
The CSS Neuse has new digs.
Almost 150 years after taking part in the Civil War, a Confederate warship settled into a new home Thursday with the opening of a Kinston museum in its honor.
Research Supervisor Mike Hill recalls the placing of monuments to the 26th North Carolina Regiment at Gettysburg.
In 1985 I was asked to assist with a project to erect a series of monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. Responsible for initiating the effort was Archie K. Davis of Winston-Salem. He did so on behalf of the North Caroliniana Society, which he served as president. But, his objective had dee...
The symposium, “‘Lay My Burden Down’: Freedom and the Legacies of the Civil War” is scheduled for October 17-18, 2013 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Co-sponsors with the Office of Archives and History and Wake Forest University are Winston-Salem State University and Old Salem. Thavolia Glymph and Hari Jones are keynote speakers for the symposium. Topics may include but are not limited to: emancipation, freedmen’s colonies, slave narratives, secession, African American soldiers, the Underground Railroad, slavery, abolition, dissent within the Confederacy (or the United States), imprisonment/ escape, and women’s issues. This conference seeks to be inter-disciplinary as well as inclusive. Proposals from all disciplines or fields of study are welcomed and encouraged.
The application deadline for NC Civil War license plates has been extended. Order yours today!
As part of the ongoing commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History is working with the Division of Motor Vehicles to create a specialty license plate. Designed by Amy Sawyer of Historic Sites, the plate features silhouetted artillerymen ...
From the News & Observer ...
North Carolina has begun the sesquicentennial of perhaps its most important year in the Civil War, when Union troops staged amphibious attacks and seized crucial swaths of coastal territory they would occupy for much of the war.
Great article from "The Atlantic" ... part of the magazine's Civil War issue, now available on newstands.
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Sarah Malinda Pritchard, perhaps the most famous female soldier from North Carolina, served alongside her husband in the Confederate army, and later assisted the Union military.
The August 19, 1862 issue of the Weekly Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia printed the following under a column titled "The Female Volunteer":
Order yours today. Once 300 orders have been received, the plates will be fabricated by the Department of Corrections.
As part of the ongoing commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History is working with the Division of Motor Vehicles to create a specialty license plate.
This new program is designed to assist teachers in helping students understand how North Carolinians from all walks of life experienced those horrendous years that tore our nation apart. Designed for 8th grade students with the NC Standard Course of Study curriculum in mind, these materials are adaptable for use in senior level United States History classes as well.
The Division of State Historic Sites and Properties is unveiling a new approach to interpreting and teaching about North Carolina during the Civil War
New digitized materials now available include all 5 volumes of Clark's "Histories," the Guide to NC Military Organizations and Installations, 1861-1865, and others.
Read letters to and from soldiers during the course of the war. Examine published regimental histories. Search related state documents and selected governors' correspondence and letter books. A growing number of resources relating to the Civil War are being digitized by the North Carolina State Arch...
Here's a new article on North Carolina's foreign-born Confederate soldiers.
May 13, 1863 fell on a Wednesday. That afternoon a Confederate soldier named Manuel Simmons, a private in Company E, 18th North Carolina Infantry, died of his wounds in Confederate General Hospital No. 12 in Richmond, Virginia. Simmons's had been wounded ten days prior at the Battle of Chancellors...
Wednesday, May 25. The subject of Moore's presentation will be Fort Fisher and the Campaign for Wilmington -- in keeping with the year-long Fredericksburg CWRT theme of Joint Army-Navy Operations.
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Over the next four years, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources historian LeRae Umfleet will use new technology to tell an old story. Through the Twitter account http://twitter.com/civilianwartime, she is tweeting the words of North Carolina civilians who witnessed the triumphs and tragedies of the war. An accompanying blog, http://civilianwartime.wordpress.com, will contain the full citation for each Twitter message.
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Includes a new time-map interface.
Read letters to and from soldiers during the course of the war. Examine published regimental histories. Search related state documents and selected governors' correspondence and letter books. A growing number of resources relating to the Civil War are being digitized by the North Carolina State Arch
Only $5. Add one to your collection today.
"Memory" is the subject of this second of four posters commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina (2011-2015).
Only $5. Add one to your collection today.
This is the first of four posters commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina. It measures 25 x 19 inches.
Groundbreaking research by NC Civil War 150 Committee member Josh Howard is featured in a new article in the "Wall Street Journal."
North Carolina has long claimed that it lost more soldiers in the Civil War than any other state in the Confederacy. Now, 150 years after the war began, one historian is quietly counting the bodies—and his number is coming up short. That has Civil War buffs readying for a fight.
Our first sesquicentennial conferences will be held in Raleigh on May 20, the anniversary of the state’s secession from the Union. “Contested Past: Memories and Legacies of the Civil War.” Location: NC Museum of History. 18 speakers with keynote address by David Blight of Yale University. Registration is $25. See our brochure for information and registration form:
Black History Month 2011 - A Proclamation from the Governor
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2011 BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA A PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, African Americans and the Civil War is the national theme for Black History Month, which is observed in North Carolina as a tangible way to encourage all citizens to learn about and appreciate the African
Follow our events as we gear up for the commemoration period, 2011-2015. More events and details will be added over time.
North Carolina Civil War Death Study. This feature article highlights a groundbreaking new analysis of the number of North Carolinians (both Confederate and Union) who lost their lives while serving in units from the Tar Heel State. The detailed results will be published in the NC Civil War Atlas, one of our signature projects for the 150th commemoration.
"Confederate Losses During the War Correspondence Between Dr. Joseph Jones and General Samuel Cooper," Southern Historical Society Papers, 7 (1879), 289.
Here's a new addition to our Website. A survey of NC Civil War monuments. It's a searchable database with photos and a Google Maps feature.
Since 1868, North Carolinians have been building monuments commemorating the
people and events of the Civil War. The first Civil War monument erected in
North Carolina is in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Led by Ann Kyle and Maria Spear, a gro...
The U.S. Colored Troops microfilm from NARA is now in the microfilm room of the N.C. State Archives, and is ready for public use. This is great news for the Archives and its associated agencies and friends.
Maine Joins Other States in Observing Civil War Sesquicentennial — On the 149th anniversary of the first shot of the American Civil War, Governor John E. Baldacci announced a new State Web site that provides a wealth of information on Maine’s role in the Civil War.
In March, 2006, I gave a slide presentation to the Chamberlain Civil War Round Table in Brunswick on Maine’s Civil War monuments. In accepting this invitation to speak, I assumed my assignment would be ...
Great article by Josh Howard, detailing the roles played by two North Carolinians in John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859.
One hundred and fifty years ago this fall, on the evening of October 16, 1859, abolitionist leader John Brown and twenty-one compatriots launched a raid on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). ...
Civil War Related Historic Sites and Museums Run by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
Confederate and Union Troops raised in North Carolina during the Civil War — Infantry Cavalry, and Artillery.
George Burgwyn Anderson — Born April 12, 1831. West Point class of 1852. Army of Northern Virginia. Mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Died October 16, 1862.
Next Committee Meeting: October 26, 2009 — Raleigh, NC.
Volume 17 of the North Carolina Toop Roster has been published, covering the Junior Reserves. Detailed maps include battles of Fort Fisher, Wyse Fork, and Bentonville.
The Junior Reserves were 17-year-old boys drafted in the last year of the Civil War, as the Confederacy faced a disastrous shortfall in manpower. Between the spring and fall of 1864, North Carolina raised ...
NCCU interns transcribe archives — Interesting story from the Associated Press.
When Ariel Brown was offered a chance to transcribe the correspondence of the first family of the Confederacy, the history major with a keen interest in the South seized the opportunity.
Committee Members and Academic Advisory Board
Interpreting the War — Slavery and the "Lost Cause" mythology. An overview of the evolution of the war's interpretation. Article by Dwight T. Pitcaithley
From its creation in 1916, the National Park Service considered itself an educational institution. Its role as an educator began with the creation of small museums at places like Yosemite and Mesa Verde, ...
What's in a name? Whay do we call it the Civil War?
or well over a century individuals and organizations with strongly held convictions have rejected use of the term “Civil War” to designate the American conflict of 1861-1865. Most commonly offered as an ...
Tar Heel Confederates — Voices from the Battlefield
Call For Papers — The North Carolina Office of Archives and History, through its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, invites papers to three upcoming symposiums on the Civil War that will explore facets of the American Civil War as part of the 150th commemoration of the war.
The North Carolina Office of Archives and History, through its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, invites papers to three upcoming symposiums on the Civil War that will explore facets of the American Civil War as part of the 150th commemoration of the war. ...
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