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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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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
In January 1863, the Sixty-fourth North Carolina Troops, while on an expedition to ferret out suspected “Tory” or Unionist groups operating out of Madison County, North Carolina, arrested and later killed thirteen men and boys. Information concerning the atrocity was … Continue reading
As a follow-up to our recent blog post pertaining to the Shelton Laurel Massacre, the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina has set up a new exhibit to highlight some of the documents relating to the Shelton … Continue reading
By the winter of 1863, the burden of the conflict was taking its toll on the population of North Carolina. The First Conscription Act removed the majority of the white male population between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five, and … Continue reading
The Friends of the Archives and the State Archives of North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and are sponsoring a free lecture on February 16, at 1 p.m. Please come join us! Who Freed Who: Emancipation and the 13th Amendment … Continue reading
Roughly 650 miles southwest of Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee was encamped around Tullahoma, Tennessee recovering from its recent engagement with the Union forces at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. For three days from December 31, … Continue reading
The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, as well as other armies in the field, had to be rearmed, re-supplied, and reconstituted after the horrific fighting of the summer and fall of 1862. Southern governors were pressed to cull their state … Continue reading
Upon receipt of Governor Zebulon Vance’s letter of October 10, 1862, the Fries brothers quickly responded to Governor Vance’s written attack on their character and motives for not taking the oath swearing to their acceptance of only .75 per cent … Continue reading
Battlefield dispatches are rare gems within manuscript collections. Many are drafted on scraps of paper and hurriedly composed in the midst of a raging battle. They are shoved in the hands of mounted couriers and officers to be delivered to … Continue reading
The First Conscription Act in April 1862 proved to be as disruptive to Confederate military units as well as to communities back home. Company officers and sergeants struggled to deal with fluid company rosters, where men were being discharged due … Continue reading