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John Newton Wilson, Sr.

AUTHOR:  James Paris A forty-seven-year-old resident of Union County, NC, John Newton Wilson Sr. enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army on July 4, 1862 in Rowan County. He served in Company H of the 57th Infantry, North Carolina alongside his son, George...

David Jesse Farthing

SUBMITTED BY: Ben Setser David Jesse Farthing, older brother of my great grandfather James King Farthing, enlisted in Company A, North Carolina 6th Cavalry Regiment on 1 Oct 1864. His brother James also joined the 6th Cavalry three months later on Dec 24, 1964. After...

The Daguerrotype

AUTHOR: Linda H. Barnette It all began many years ago when my grandmother, Blanche Dwiggins Smith, gave me a daguerreotype of one of her ancestors who was killed in the Civil War. I wish I had asked her more about it, but being young and busy earning a living, I did...

Person County Farmer

SUBMITTED BY: Garland Allen Bartlett Yancey Allen reported to Weldon, NC on June 6, 1861 and joined The Confederate States of America’s 24th Regiment (North Carolina), serving in Company H. Private Allen fought in seventeen battles of the Civil War. In one battle, he...

A Letter from Thomas McDaniel

A Letter from Thomas McDaniel

SUBMITTED BY: Sherry Winebarger-Reeter This letter was written by my great-great grandfather, Thomas McDaniel: October the 12 1864 Deer wife I set my self to rite you a few lians [lines] to let you no that I am well as comon [common] at this time hoping when thes[e]...

NCCWRHC receives $6.5 million painting…

NCCWRHC receives $6.5 million painting…

N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center receives $6.5 million painting, completes local funding requirement for $5 million state appropriation For immediate release: June 4, 2019 (For a video of the painting donated to the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction...

Dark Days of the War

AUTHORS: Joel Warrick Rose On June 19, 1879, General William T. Sherman gave an address to the graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy in which he used the often-quoted phrase “war is hell.” It is probably the most memorable statement that was ever...

Memories of the Civil War

SUBMITTED BY: Katy F. Sigmon My name is Katy Louise Frye Sigmon. I am almost 93 years old. I was born and raised on this farm. The log house stood until December 1918 but burned to the ground then. As a child I knew where the brick oven stood, where the foundation of...

My Civil War Ancestors

AUTHOR: Wanda Morrison Tillotson Basically, this is my story: I grew up just down the road alongside all my maternal relatives. My Jackson line, including my 3rd Great Grandfather, Lewis/Louis Jackson, his first three sons—John Calvin, Edmund Coleman and William...

Randy Taylor

AUTHOR: Brenda Farthing Cooter My great-great-grandfather Randy Taylor fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was born about 1832 and was the son of John Taylor and Rebecca Clark. He married Rebecca Moody, and their daughter was Lelia Taylor, my...

Civil War Grandfather

Submitted by: Jeanie Lewis Parker My grandmother Lizzie Franklin told me lots of stories when I was growing up in Madison County NC. One of which was of her grandfather William "Bill” Gentry. Now we all know that NC was divided in their loyalties to the south in the...

William Burton “Burt” Joyner

AUTHOR:  James Marshall Joyner (Click image to enlarge) In 1838, Hilliard and Penninah (spelled “Penina” in some records) Johnston Joyner had a son, William Burton “Burt” Joyner. Burt and his parents resided in the eastern portion of Nash County, which became Wilson...

Philip R. Stroup, 1831-1862

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe At the age of 31, on July 4, 1862, Philip R. Stroup enlisted in the Confederate Army at Lincolnton, Lincoln County. He was a Private in Company G of the 57th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). Shortly after his enlistment, on...

Ben Casey, 3rd NC Heavy Artillery

AUTHOR:  William Smith My Great-Grandfather, Ben Casey, served in the 3rd NC Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. He was from Indian Springs, NC in Wayne County. He enlisted in 1862 and was stationed at Southport, NC where he served as a boatman - one of a crew that...

Sherman’s Cavalry

AUTHOR:  Michael Williams My family still resides on the farm that has been in our family since the 1700s. Near the end of the Civil War, family lore has it that Sherman's cavalry camped on the farm and in anticipation of its arrival, g-g-grandfather had ledges dug...

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  • 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 »
  • Questions and Answers

      You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers… Q.We don’t like the name A: Change it. The N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center was chosen by the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center Foundation to refer to the proposed facility and programs that will be located in Arsenal Park …Read More »

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