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First Wednesdays – “He is a non-combatant & has never borne arms vs. Government.”

In Nineteenth Century America, the civilian population was not to be involved directly with the “dirty business” of the military. There has always been a distrust of a “standing army,” and the civilian population would take steps to make sure … Continue reading

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Treasures of the Archives: Fort Fisher Log Book

[This blog post was written by Debbi Blake, Collection Services Section Manager for the State Archives of North Carolina.] Found in a stack of Civil War-era newspapers in an antique shop in 1989, the Fort Fisher log book was purchased … Continue reading

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I once mor have the opportunity of writing you a few lines…

Roughly ninety miles southeast of Private George W. Pearsall and the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Troops, another North Carolina soldier arrived in Southeast Virginia with his regiment as a part of Confederate forces to blunt new Union advance up the James … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays: “…I want you elected Governor again…”

By spring of 1864, the gubernatorial campaign had opened in earnest in North Carolina. As detailed in our previous “First Wednesdays” post, William W. Holden had announced his intention to campaign for the office of governor of North Carolina. The … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “It is important to have uniformity in the decisions of our judges…”

Despite the fearful losses of the recent campaigns, military operations continued in both Tennessee and Virginia by both Union and Confederate forces. In Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee continued to pull his battled and reduced Army of Northern Virginia … Continue reading

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Announcement: Lay My Burden Down – Freedom Symposium

The North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be holding their next symposium at Wake Forest University on October 17-18, 2013. Please see the link below for information and registration: http://college.wfu.edu/history/laymyburdendown/

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First Wednesday – “The Affair was managed badly…”

After the Battle of Gettysburg in early July 1863, both opposing armies retreated back into Central Virginia to recover from the effects of the savage fighting in southern Pennsylvania. By September 1863, the armies had found themselves encamped along the … Continue reading

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Second Monday’s Lecture Series: Tar Heels at Gettysburg Available Online

Through the able assistance of Brian Nestor of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, we are able to present our Second Mondays Lecture from Monday, August 12, 2013, titled Tar Heels at Gettysburg, though the NC Culture channel on YouTube. … Continue reading

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“Tell my father…”

Late in the afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee planned to renew his assault on the Union Army of the Potomac stationed on the high ground outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He tapped his First Corps, under … Continue reading

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First Wednesday – “Captured June 16″

After the fighting at Chancellorsville, Virginia in early May 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee advanced his army northward to take the war into Pennsylvania. Lee marched his three corps into the Shenandoah Valley from the site of his previous … Continue reading

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