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North Carolina Civil War 150 is a space for collecting all news, events, and observances related to the American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration at the State Archives of North Carolina.
The State Archives of North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Timeline (PDF) is now available.
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The Confederate victory at Plymouth, N.C. in April 1864 opened the entire Washington, Tyrrell and Hyde County peninsula area of eastern North Carolina to Confederate control. Under nominal United States control – especially where US troops were garrisoned – since … Continue reading
It had been almost fifteen months since President Lincoln made the preliminary announcement of an idea of ending slavery in the states in rebellion; it had been a year since that proclamation – the Emancipation Proclamation – was enforced. The … Continue reading
Christmas in the Civil War was a time for reflection and a longing for home. These are universal feelings and desires from men and women caught in the currents of their day. In past years we have, in this blog, … Continue reading
Northeastern North Carolina, the area east of the Chowan River and north of the Albemarle Sound, fell to Union occupation during the Burnside Expedition in February 1862. The subsequent 22 months devolved into raids by Confederate forces, cavalry expeditions by … Continue reading
The Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Department of Cultural Resources and co-hosts Wake Forest University, Winston Salem State University and Old Salem Museum and Gardens, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wake Forest Humanities … Continue reading
We when think Civil War, July 1863, it conjures images of such iconic places and moments as the Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge, Culp’s Hill or the so-called High Water mark at the angle along United States defenses … Continue reading
On March 30th 1863 Confederate forces under General Daniel Harvey Hill invested the town of Washington, N.C. For a little more than two weeks Hill continued the siege of the town hoping to capture the garrison inside. Confederate forces arrayed … Continue reading
In January 1863 William W. Holden, editor of the Raleigh Standard, published a letter from an unidentified woman to her husband. The letter, written over several days, detailed events in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that occurred after the turn of … Continue reading
Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, upon publication of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation called for an election in the Second Senate District of North Carolina. Stanly understood, as stated in the proclamation, that states with representation in … Continue reading
Union commander general John G. Foster lead an expedition from occupied New Bern N.C. into the North Carolina interior with an aim of cutting railroad lines at Goldsborough, N.C. Timed to coincide with the Fredericksburg campaign in Virginia, the thought … Continue reading