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“[T]ell me what we poore soldiers wifes is to do”: Mrs. Susan Shearin, Mrs. L. Reid, Mrs. M. Neal, Mrs. C. Aycock, Mrs. Thomson, and Mrs. Elbeth Write a Letter to Gov. Vance

SUBMITTED BY:  Jean Finch Inscoe (introduction written by Cheri T. Molter; original document transcribed by Jean Finch Inscoe; submission transcription by Cheri T. Molter) Life was difficult for women, too, during the Civil War. After able-bodied men went off to...

Granny Harriet

AUTHOR:  Beverly Levi-Parker (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) I’ve been chasing my Western North Carolina ancestors for over 40 years, and thankfully, I’ve “met” most of them. I know stories of some of their hardships and their victories. I know most of their descendants...

History Village Progress!

The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is making great progress on Phase I's "History Village"! In the architect's birds-eye drawing above (click to enlarge), you can see the Village in the lower left as well as Phase II's Picnic Pavilion and...

The Burning of Winton in 1862

SUBMITTED BY:  Elizabeth Jones Thomas Parramore, “The Burning of Winton,” North Carolina Historical Review (Winter 1962): 18-31. Dr. Thomas Custis Parramore grew up in Winton and was a Raleigh historian, author, lecturer and Meredith College history professor...

My four Civil War ancestors

SUBMITTED BY:  JD Mayo (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Photo of Charity Rose Womble. Click photo to enlarge. I have four ancestors who joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War. My great grandmother’s mom was Cherry Rose Robbins Sears (1867-1939). Her...

Long Way Home

SUBMITTED BY:  Alan Ashworth (vetted by Cheri Molter) My Great-grandfather John Calvin McFadyen served the Confederate Army in Co E, 38th NCT—the Richmond County Boys. A copy of their unit song is in Rankin Museum in Ellerbe, NC. John's unit was guarding the Southside...

The Messer boys survive the war

SUBMITTED BY:  Glenn L. Taylor (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Two brothers from Haywood County, William and Lawson Messer, decided to join the Confederate Army together. They served in Co E, 29th Infantry, N.C. Troops. William, or Bill, was thirteen years...

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  • North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center – Phase 1

    Always nice to share good news. Even in the throes of the virus, the History Center is pressing ahead with completion of Phase 1. Progress is great! We are still on course to have Phase 1 complete by the end of April. Stay tuned for the ribbon cutting and groundbreaking …Read More »
  • Public Hearings and Meetings

    The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is not something we just dreamed up last year and decided to build. In fact, we have held numerous public hearings and meetings with public officials, etc. Click the links below to download a list of the public hearings, as well as a …Read More »
  • Prominent African American Scholars and Academics Advising the History Center

    Prominent African American Scholars and Academics Advising the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center: Dr. James Anderson, retired Chancellor and faculty, Fayetteville State University, member of our Board of Advisors Dr. Spencer Crew, former director of the Underground Railroad Museum, first African American director at the Smithsonian Museum …Read More »

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