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By Admin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:39 PM

RALEIGH -- From the massive amphibious attack on Fort Fisher, the largest by American forces until World War II, to the 6,000 acre battlefield at Bentonville to the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place, participants in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour will learn details about key North Carolina Civil War sites Oct. 24-26. Pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley will be the on-bus guide. Spaces are expected to go quickly. The reservation deadline is Sept. 29 and can be made at www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTour.

The special tour is the ideal precursor to the concluding programs in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War during the grand finale events of North Carolina's 2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial observance. Intimate conversations and information from historians and staff of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' Division of State Historic Sites will offer unique insights into the waning days of the Civil War, and North Carolina's role in it.

Pivotal events in North Carolina hastened the fall of the Confederacy and the end of the war in 1865. The movie Lincoln illustrated the urgent need President Abraham Lincoln felt to capture Fort Fisher and disrupt supply lines to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Fort Fisher fell Jan. 15, 1865.

By Admin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:39 PM

RALEIGH -- On July 28, 1914, World War I began with the declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on Serbia, following the murder of the Austrian archduke and his wife. Regional alliances led to a global conflict that provided catalysts that forever changed our world. Ultimately more than 16 million people died, including 833 North Carolinians from battle action and 1,542 from disease.

The United States initially declared itself neutral, but after two and a half years was drawn into the war by German atrocities and its attacks on U.S. vessels. President Woodrow Wilson declared war in April 1917, saying that the U.S must enter, "to make the world safe for democracy."  

Like most Americans, North Carolinians were reluctant to take up the fight, seeing with horror the two and a half million casualties to European armies in 1916 alone. With the declaration of war by President Wilson, however, North Carolinians rallied to the cause. Women joined the American Red Cross, YWCA, and Salvation Army to serve as nurses in military hospitals at home and in France. Farmers grew victory acres and children grew thrift gardens to earn money to buy war bonds. Individuals and industry united to support the war effort.

By Admin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:02 AM

RALEIGH -- Governor Pat McCrory will launch the state’s four-yearlong Centennial Commemoration of World War I at a wreath-laying ceremony at the North Carolina Veterans Monument on the grounds of the State Capitol Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and re-enactors will be on the State Capitol grounds throughout the day.

The state’s official commemoration is under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. 

“North Carolina played a prominent part in our country’s involvement in the war that changed the course of history forever,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “We sent thousands of soldiers to combat, bravely leaving loved ones to fight for freedom abroad. The War’s centennial commemoration and this ceremony present an important opportunity for North Carolinians to reflect upon the valor of those who answered their country’s call 100 years ago.” 

By Admin on Monday, July 21, 2014 5:52 PM

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz has issued the following statement in tribute to Representative Jim Fulghum who passed away Saturday.

"It is with much sadness that I mourn the loss of Jim Fulghum," said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources. "He made great contributions to this State, not only in his professional life, but also in his public service as a North Carolina legislator. He was a tremendous supporter of this department, particularly our North Carolina Symphony, and understood the value of the arts to our quality of life. He will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family."

By Admin on Monday, July 21, 2014 2:47 PM


EDENTON -- Even in a town's earliest days, there is a need for rules and justice. An archaeological investigation at the 1767 Chowan Courthouse Green July 28 to 31 will search for the town's first courthouse, built in 1718.

"We know there was a courthouse," says Assistant State Archaeologist John Mintz. "We will try to determine the exact location."

Mintz will work with Shawn Patch from New South and Associates, to investigate the site. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) will be used to determine the best place to undertake the archaeological excavation and how deep to explore. The GPR readings will determine where the work is done. After completing the excavation the Courthouse Green will be carefully restored to its original beauty. A generous donation from Piedmont Natural Gas to Chowan County makes this investigation possible.

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