One of the new items that you will see on our blog is the appearance of the “North Carolina State Archives Civil War Sesquicentennial Timeline” posted under our blog statement. The purpose of the timeline is to provide context to the documents being posted on our website. Many times, the significance of historical records is lost, when they are exhibited singularly without reference to other events occurring within and outside of our state. We wanted to give the visitors to our site a way to know about these other events, as well as a chronological index to the records being posted on our site.
Upon examination, you will see that our timeline extends from December 1860, when South Carolina voted to secede from the United States, to January 1877, when North Carolina was allowed to choose its own congressional representatives unfettered from national restrictions. The committee felt that it was important to see the war and the resulting Reconstruction as one event affecting North Carolina as a whole from common folks to wealthy upper class.
Our initial timeline is based on research in E. B. Long’s The Civil War Day By Day: An Almanac 1861-1865 (Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971) and will include additional information from John G. Barrett and other historians in regular updates to the site.
We are hoping that the timeline will bring further context to North Carolina’s rich Civil War history, when it is viewed in light of other events in the American Civil War. In addition, information from other national and state repositories will be posted in the “Documents and Links” section of the timeline to provide additional information, as well as links to our hosted documents posted in chronological order. As you can imagine, the timeline will be an ongoing project of the committee throughout the Civil War Sesquicentennial.