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First Wednesdays -Time to Say Adieu

With a tip of hat and a fond adieu, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog of the State Archives of North Carolina is finally stacking their literary muskets and folding our flags to close out our blog to commemorate the Sesquicentennial … Continue reading

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Civil War Diary of Thomas K. McBryde

[This blog post comes from Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.] As the state of North Carolina ends its Sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War, we are fortunate to receive a valuable addition … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist…”

As described in an earlier blog post, Provisional Governor William W. Holden had convened a convention composed of “properly pardoned” delegates to fulfill a number of obligations necessary to complete President Andrew Johnson’s requirements for reentry into the United States. … Continue reading

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Last “Second Mondays” Presentation – Monday, November 9, 2015 – 12 Noon

Presidential Reconstruction In North Carolina (Archives & History Building Auditorium, Raleigh, NC): November 9, 2015 at 12 Noon (A. Christopher Meekins, Head, Microfilm Imaging Unit, State Archives of North Carolina) After four years of war, North Carolina was now preparing … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…to surrender the ship…”

Many North Carolinians saw the repeal of the Ordinance of Secession and repudiation of slavery as the final steps to be completed for their re-entry into the United States. Now, the voting population of North Carolina had to select a … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…the institution of slavery having been destroyed…”

As noted in a previous post, Provisional Governor William W. Holden had called for a statewide convention in October 1865 to complete North Carolina’s restoration to the Union. That convention had a very simple, but critical, charge to vote to … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Challenges for a Provisional Government 1865

In post-war 1865, Provisional Governor William Woods Holden went about the business of mending a state rent in every facet by the recent struggle.  Infrastructure such as the railroad system not only had to be repaired but also the governing … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – “…Ankle Shattered by shell…”

With the ending of the American Civil War, North Carolina began the long process to rehabilitate itself for re-entry back into the United States of America. In addition, the state’s veterans also started the process of their rehabilitation back into … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Cohabitation Certificates

[This blog post was written by Debbi Blake, Collection Services Section Manager for the State Archives of North Carolina.] With the abolition of slavery came many questions about the rights of freedmen, one of which was how to validate marriages. … Continue reading

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Restoration of North Carolina to the Union – Provisional Governorship

By June 1865 the reality of a failed attempt at disunion began to settle in the minds of the people of the states that had passed Secession Ordinances.  The capitol city of North Carolina had been occupied by Union forces … Continue reading

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