Discover Tar Heel Civil War History

Re-enactors Carry the Union Flag into Battle at Bentonville Battlefield

The final, major campaigns of the Civil War were fought in North Carolina, and the war effectively ended here. North Carolina also sent the most soldiers into battle of any Southern state.

The winter and early spring of 1865 saw the South’s last major port fall in Wilmington, the last major arsenal fall in Fayetteville, the state’s largest battle fought at Bentonville, the surrender of a state capital in Raleigh and the largest surrender of Confederate troops at Bennett Place in Durham.

Civil War Things to Do

For us, commemorating the history of the Civil War isn't just about large-scale battle re-enactments and military living history programs (though we do put on those, and they are fun!). At our Civil War historic sites and museums you'll also find lectures covering the people and places that conflict touched, behind-the scenes “visits” with curators and conservators and much more.

Civil War Places to Visit

Though the guns fell silent more than 150 years ago, ten North Carolina state historic sites, museums and parks bring this unique chapter of Tar Heel history alive and preserve important places related to the conflict.

We've highlighted three of most-visited Civil War sites below; check out the map to see all the Civil War sites in our network.