Historian Re-Examines Number of Deaths of State’s Civil War Soldiers

[This blog post comes from a N.C. Museum of History press release – you can find other news related to North Carolina Museum of History here.]

Historian Re-Examines Number of Deaths of State’s Civil War Soldiers

New research reveals surprising findings about the number of North Carolina soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Josh Howard, Research Historian at the N.C. Office of Archives and History, has spent more than a year spearheading the North Carolina Civil War Death Study. The project has uncovered information that changes long-standing figures about the state’s losses. Virginia, South Carolina and Ohio are conducting similar research.

Howard will highlight his investigations and share stories he has discovered during History à la Carte: Recounting Civil War Sacrifices on Wednesday, July 27, at 12:10 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. He will explain how he researches the topic and discuss some of the soldiers’ unusual experiences. Admission is free. Bring your lunch; beverages are free.

Howard has painstakingly examined not only official military records, but records from hospitals, cemeteries, churches, prisoner-of-war camps, pensions and more. He has combed through archival and newspaper accounts, diaries, census data and other sources to try to determine military deaths among North Carolina Confederate and Union units.

Howard notes that traditional accounts of Tar Heel deaths did not include the approximately 2,000 African American and white North Carolinians who died serving in the Union army.

Drop by the Museum of History and hear more during this informative lunchtime lecture on July 27.

For more information call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.

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2 Responses to Historian Re-Examines Number of Deaths of State’s Civil War Soldiers

  1. Betsy says:

    I hope there will be a follow-up post from his presentation, for those of us not able to travel to attend!

  2. Ashley says:

    I’m sure Josh will write and talk more on the Death Study, so I’ll certainly post that news when I hear of it. And although it’s not a follow-up, there was a story about the Death Study in the News and Observer recently, which you might want to check out.

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