American Civil War history is often told in terms of leaders, great battles, political movements and large forces. While these all played pivotal roles…
…the History Center would like for visitors to understand, honor, and respect the everyday individuals whose small, aggregate contributions and sacrifices make up the majority of this heretofore untold story.
Visitors to the Center should get a sense of stepping into the shoes of these individuals, not just from a 21st-century perspective, but from a place of compassion and empathy, and understand what it was like to face extreme challenges that are unimaginable today. From this, all North Carolinians should come away from the exhibit experience with a sense of honor about their heritage.
AUTHOR: Unknown Edward Gray Southard (Edwin G.) was born in 1831 and was the son of James and Ruth Gilliam Southard. He was married to Pamela Billingsly on 23 November 1860. He was a private in the 45th North Carolina Regiment called the Madison Greys. He resided...read more
American Civil War history is often told in terms of leaders, great battles, political movements and large forces. While these all played pivotal roles...
History is not always neat; it is often complicated and messy. It is about people, places, and events that are both admirable and deplorable...
NC Civil War & Reconstruction History Center - SacrificeTo understand the sacrifice and service wrought by all North Carolinians, the NCCWHC will...
The NCCWHC will explore the question, “What is freedom?” The Confederacy sought freedom from federal rule. African Americans sought freedom from slavery.