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“The case is before you now for such aid as you render.”

By September 1864, events continued to spiral downward for the Confederate States of America. Since the summer of 1864, federal armies had roamed at will in and out of its borders. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and his combined Union … Continue reading

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Exclusive Civil War Bus Tour – Early Registration Closes Soon

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release - you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.] From the massive amphibious attack on Fort Fisher to the 6,000 acre battlefield at Bentonville to … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “We are all nearly worn out with waiting for the tide”

By early 1863, Governor Zebulon Vance saw the need for the State of North Carolina to operate its own system of supplying Tar Heel soldiers in the field. His limited service as the colonel of the Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Troops … Continue reading

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“…you promise forgiveness to all who will repent…”

By late August and early September 1864, the Confederate field armies were slowly losing their ability to counter the Union offensives in both eastern and western theaters. The push to quickly end the war in 1862/1863 bled the Confederacy down … Continue reading

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Treasures of the Archives: “Tar Heel fight”

[This blog post was written by Debbi Blake, Collection Services Section Manager for the State Archives of North Carolina.] On August 28, 1864, Major Joseph A. Engelhard wrote a letter to “Friend Ruf” in which he described the successful Battle … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “I think it is not honorable war fare.”

During the fifty-second month of the American Civil War, both sides of the conflict were becoming exhausted through the constant combat experienced during summer of 1864. In the past years of the war, engagements were fought, and both armies were … Continue reading

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Modern Greece

On 19 April 1861, President Abraham Lincoln announced a blockade of the Southern states that were in rebellion, namely Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Eight days later, he added the states of North Carolina and Virginia … Continue reading

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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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