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First Wednesdays – “…doing anything whatsoever calculated to cause excitement…”

Toward the end of April 1865, North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance was becoming increasing irrelevant in the rapidly unfolding events in North Carolina. He was unable to participate in the surrender negotiations between Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and Union … Continue reading

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Upcoming Second Mondays Lecture Series – May 11, 2015 at 12 Noon

Second Mondays Lecture Series  May 11, 2015 at 12 Noon (Archives & History Building Auditorium, Raleigh, NC): Sherman’s March and the Occupation of Raleigh (William H. Brown, Registrar, State Archives of North Carolina) In March 1865, the American Civil War … Continue reading

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“…returned to their usual place of deposit…”

In the world of politics, an ability to deal with crisis whether generated by yourself or others can truly define the value of an individual seeking to serve his or her constituents or using political office as a way to … Continue reading

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“…not taking time to bid their friends adieu…”

As Confederate General Robert E. Lee was meeting with Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant to surrender the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, another Union force was now moving through western North Carolina to disrupt rail lines stretching eastward to Confederate … Continue reading

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New Acquisition Highlights Appomattox Court House

“[This blog post was written by Matthew M. Peek, Military Collections Archivist in the Special Collections Section.]” Road to Appomattox: Company G of the 38th North Carolina Troops and Their Path to Surrender In January 2015, the State Archives of North … Continue reading

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“…to remove as soon as possible to the valley of the Haw River…”

By mid-April 1865, the eastern and western theaters of the American Civil War were now within 150 miles of each other. To the north in Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had abandoned Richmond, Virginia and … Continue reading

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Bells Across the Land 2015

On April 9, 2015 the National Park Service will commemorate the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee to Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Bells will ring across the country in … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “They never come to hand…”

As the state of North Carolina was becoming increasingly besieged by enemy forces entering the state from all sides, the civil authority within the interior of the state was collapsing as well. This was not an overnight phenomenon. The cracks … Continue reading

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“The aid of the people of the county is necessary…”

After the engagement at Bentonville, North Carolina, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston pulled his army back to the area near Smithfield to reorganize his growing forces and to keep an eye on Major General William T. Sherman’s Union armies in … Continue reading

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“I was on the Skirmish Line”

By nightfall on March 20th, Major General William T. Sherman had finally connected both wings of his combined Union armies along the Goldsboro Road. He finally felt secure in the knowledge that his veteran regiments were now in support of … Continue reading

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