The Department of Cultural Resources is again sponsoring the “2nd Saturdays” program (see this video for more information) in which more than 100 events will be held across the state on the second Saturdays of the months of June, July and August.
The first 2nd Saturday is this weekend, June 9th, and several of the events relate to the Civil War:
- Capital City Home Front Day – State Capitol, Raleigh – Experience what life was like for the citizens of Raleigh living on the Civil War home front in the summer of 1862. Activities include: soldiers’ relief concert, infantry drilling, military recruitment speeches, bandage rolling and quilting demos, children’s games, etc. Visit a Civil War surgeon and a Confederate Post Office too!
- Join the Cavalry – Bennett Place State Historic Site, Durham – JOIN THE CAVALRY, a call made to new recruits wanting to become horse soldiers. Visit Civil War living historians as they demonstrate the equipment and tactics of the trooper of the American Civil War. Weaponry of the Civil War will be displayed and firing demonstrations will be performed throughout the day. Special showings of the new Civil War documentary, “Twilight of Sabers”, about the last cavalry battle fought in North Carolina.
- Civil War Camp Life – Bentonville Battleground, Four Oaks – Discover how Civil War soldiers lived in camp and what role the enlisted man played in battle during Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site’s Summer Living History Series. Period-costumed living historians from the 18th NC/53rd PA and 1st NC/11th NC will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons and uniforms, trained for battle, and much more. Also features musket and artillery demonstrations. 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
- Juneteenth – Historic Stagville, Durham – Celebrate the emancipation of African Americans with an emphasis on Stagville. Music, food, Dance, vendors, crafts, mule and wagon rides and games. Event will feature West African Drumming. Singing, dancing, etc. At night, tour the original slave quarters at Horton Grove and listen to the voices of our state’s ancestors through the re-enactment of North Carolina Slave Narratives. **Registration is recommended for the night-time lantern tours.
- “Let Them Be Heard” Costumed Reading – Historic Stagville, Durham – Bare Theatre presents a new work based on interviews with former enslaved people that were recorded between 1936 and 1938 as part of the Slave Narrative Project. The actors speak the words of the men and women who told them, without commentary. Audience members will stand and walk throughout the program, and will be outside for part of the show. Not suitable for small children. Tickets $10.
- Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom – NC Maritime Museum-Southport – June 19th commemorates the announcement of the emancipation of slavery in the Deep South. Recognized as Emancipation or Freedom Day, this celebration of freedom has been observed annually since 1865. In honor of Juneteenth, NCMM Southport’s Second Saturday program focuses on the historical and cultural heritage of African-Americans in the Lower Cape Fear through interpretation, demonstrations and artistic wares.
- The Troops Come Marching – CSS Neuse/Gov. Caswell Memorial, Kinston – After the fall of New Bern to the Union, the 26th North Carolina re-equipped and re-manned in Kinston. Join us as the site hosts a living history event to commemorate the occasion, and kick-off the summer “Second Saturdays” series. FREE
- Under Both Flags, Civil War in the Albemarle – Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City – Free events around the Civil War theme including a documentary screening, two lectures and a book signing.
- “Workboats and Watermen in the Civil War” Exhibit – Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo – Exhibit in Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse commemorates the Civil War 150th anniversary, highlighting the regional objects and people whose roles in history were often overlooked, yet essential. Union soldiers seizing coastal towns could not come ashore through marshy areas and shifting inlets without the workboats common to the outer and inner banks, captained by local pilots and watermen.
- From Slave to Civil War Soldier: The Early Life of Richard Etheridge – Outer Banks History Center, Manteo – Richard Etheridge may be known best as the keeper of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station, head of the only all African American crew in the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Less is known about his early life. Born into slavery in 1842 along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Etheridge eventually joined the Union forces serving with the 36th United States Colored Troops. Learn about the early influences that shaped this remarkable man.
- “Hope This Letter Finds You Well” – Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort – Focusing on a 150th year remembrance of the American Civil War, this day will feature several events. Librarian Dee Daughtridge will read letters to and from her relatives during the war at 10:30 am. At 1:30 pm Alvin Hawkins will highlight the roles, responsibilities and stories of color bearers during the war. The McDowell Men will be on site to display lifestyle, equipment and challenges of Civil War soldiers.