Author Archives: Christopher

First Wednesdays – Celebrating Freedom 1864

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

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A Soldier’s Christmas 1863

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

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First Wednesdays – Secede from the Secession

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

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Freedom Symposium: Lay My Burden Down October 17th and 18th, 2013

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

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First Wednesday – “July 1863, North Carolina”

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

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First Wednesdays – Siege of Washington, N.C.

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

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First Wednesdays – The Emancipation Proclamation in northeastern North Carolina

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

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Military Governor of North Carolina Edward Stanly and his call for an election

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

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Foster’s Raid to Goldsboro

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

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Foraging – a good plan?

In the aftermath of the Army of Northern Virginia’s expedition into Maryland in September 1862, General Robert E. Lee needed supplies to feed and maintain his army.  Lee called upon the government in Richmond to get the supplies.  Looking south … Continue reading

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