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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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“…killing our men and property”

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

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New Exhibit in Search Room

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

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First Wednesdays – “…so dark a crime…”

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

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