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A Tale of Two Brothers

SUBMITTED BY:  Joseph R. Suggs (Originally posted July 27, 2016; corrections made July 17, 2020) Lewis Osborn Sugg was born September 6, 1845 in Randolf County, and he was the son of Merritt A. Sugg and Tempy Spinks Sugg. The family story maintains that Lewis’s...

A Simple Tombstone

AUTHOR:  Jeff T Giambrone (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Over the years, I have visited cemeteries in many different states, and I have to say that I have enjoyed these trips immensely. For a historian such as myself, visiting a cemetery is like opening a...

Hiram Hamilton Hartley

AUTHOR:  Linda H. Barnette (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Hiram Hamilton Hartley, known as H. H. or “Hi” to friends and family, was my great-great-grandfather. Born in Davidson County, N. C. in 1839, Hartley was a plantation owner who had inherited his...

“[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...

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  • June 8 2020 Statement by the Board of Directors

    It is with great sadness for the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—and for where we are as a state and as a nation—that we at the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center issue this statement. The unjust and violent ways that these …Read More »
  • 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 »

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