Press Releases

Experience a Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier June 13

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Discover camp life and the role of the Civil War enlisted man in battle at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site on Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In this program, historians in period dress will demonstrate how Union and Confederate soldiers made meals, maintained weapons and uniforms, and trained for battle. For information please call (910) 594-0789 or visit

N.C. Highway Historical Marker to Recognize Battle of Forks Road

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In February 1865 drives were launched against Confederate forces from both sides of the Cape Fear River as the Union Army sought to control Wilmington. Two brigades of U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) joined that effort at Forks Road south of Wilmington. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to commemorate the Battle of Forks Road, June 19, 11 a.m., at the intersection of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington.

Historic Stagville Presents “Freedom 150” May 30

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The end of the Civil War was not the end of the story. Historic Stagville will commemorate the end of the Civil War with “Freedom 150” May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event will examine the effect of the end of the Civil War on the African American population, the rise of the black church and the creation of the sharecropping system.

Civil War Re-enactor Begins Walk from New Bern to Durham to Commemorate Soldiers' Return Home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Even with clouds from a tropical depression, Civil War re-enactor Philip Brown began walking backroads May 11 on a 166 mile. 13-day journey from New Bern to Durham. The "Soldiers' Walk Home" event, organized by Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, recalls the trek Washington Duke made when delivered to New Bern by the Union Army in 1865. Although Brown does not portray Duke, his route is similar to the one Duke might have taken.

Somerset Place Shares Music and History of Civil War May 16

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Life experiences during the Civil War will be shared in a "Music and Literature of the Civil War" program May 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Somerset Place State Historic Site. Based on original letters and business records, visitors will get a glimpse of the wartime experience from Somerset residents and will encounter the characters on a walking tour.

Civil War Era Camp at State Capitol May 9

Monday, May 4, 2015

After victories at Fort Fisher and Bentonville, Union Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Raleigh with 75,000 troops camped at the State Capitol. The State Capitol will commemorate that tenuous Civil War period of 150 years ago with a free encampment program and tours featuring character actors at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and hourly 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (919) 733-4994.

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