Monday, October 1, 2012

North Carolina and the Civil War

       The logo to the right is recreated in memory of the buttons on the uniforms of North Carolina's soldiers during the Civil War. 
       North Carolina was the last state legislature-approved ordinance of secession on May 20, 1861. The War Between the States, from 1861-1865, was the deadliest in American history, killing over 750,000, with 35,000 of those North Carolinians.
       The North Carolina Department of Culture offers many opportunities to explore the state for battlefields and sites with a realistic view of life in NC during the nineteenth century, as the Civil War Sesquicentennial review takes place from 2011-2015.
       Go to Buncombe county to the birthplace of Zebulon Vance, colonel of the 26th North Carolina Regiment, and the state's wartime governor, 1862-1865. Vance served three terms as governor, and was also elected to the U.S. Senate.  Description of the homestead, Vance and his family, as well as other top Civil War sites are available here.
      Historic Stagville, in the Piedmont, has the remnants of one of the largest plantations in the South.  The Bennehan-Cameron families owned almost 30,000 acres and nearly 900 slaves.  When the Civil War ended, defiant former slaves at Stagville and Fairntosh destroyed the property.  Take a look at this website for more information.
      The Outer Banks History Center features a Civil War collection covering the wartime history of the area, and coastal military operations.   See some of their collection here.

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