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Illness Sent New Yorker Home

Charles St. Andrews enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in August 1862 and was a member of the 142nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. His regimental commander was Colonel Newton Martin Curtis, who later won the Medal of Honor for his actions at the second...

The Biggest Killer Wasn’t Battle

Absalom Tuten Roe enlisted in the Confederate army in Beaufort County on January 25, 1862. Private Roe was involved in the construction of Fort Fisher. He arrived there on March 29 1862, with Co. B of the 40th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, 3rd North Carolina...

My Civil War Ancestor

I had three ancestors in the Civil War. This is about one from Watauga county. Benjamin Moody was conscripted/drafted by the Southern side; but after he had been in a few months, he deserted and made his way over into Tennessee, where he joined the 13th Tennessee...

Artilleryman Had a Long Walk Home

Joseph Haywood Chason, from Lumber Bridge, N.C., volunteered to join the Confederacy for a three-year enlistment in February 1862. He was assigned to Fort Fisher the entire time as an artilleryman, with the rank of private. Joseph was present for the epic battle when...

New Yorker Wounded Far from Home

By: Sharon Butterfield Urgento, Dennis Urgento Charles Larkin enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in September 1862 at Sand Lake, N.Y., at age 22. Charles served in the 169th Regiment, Co. H. A Samuel Larkin, quite likely his brother or cousin, served with him in...

Pennsylvania POW, Battle of Plymouth

In his early thirties, Martin Lybarger went to war in the 101st Pennsylvania Veterans Volunteer Infantry, leaving behind a wife and small son. He was among the Union troops captured at the Battle of Plymouth in April of 1864 and walked miles to cattle cars that...

The Bowens of Bertie heed the call

Frederick Columbus Bowen, born March 6, 1840, was the fourth child, third son, of Jesse and Margaret Bowen. He was born in Bertie County, North Carolina and lived at home with his parents where he learned to farm. He was also taught to read and write. After the Civil...

Waiting for the end in Sherman’s path

"The cloud of war is darkening and threatens to burst over our heads. Wilmington has fallen, Charleston and Columbia. Sherman is still making his onward march. Our own town is threatened and all is dismay and uncertainty." So wrote Jane Elliot from her plantation home...

A different kind of

Great-Great-Granddaddy Frank Civils grew up in the Core Creek area near Asbury and had fallen in love with Mary Jane Riggs. When they decided to get married, their parents refused to allow it. Frank then married Elizabeth Daugherty on February 22, 1850, and Mary Jane...

A Civil War Christmas Story

On Christmas Day in 1862, the African American population of Washington, North Carolina organized a Christmas dinner for the Union soldiers and sailors who were stationed in Washington. The dinner was held at unoccupied store in downtown Washington and the tables were...

Gen. Sherman Comes Calling on Scotland

Betty Myers of Laurinburg was my eighth grade history teacher — and a good one — and is the local history guru of that area. Sherman was at Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, out in the country outside Laurinburg, for most of his time in that area. Betty sent me...

Big Bob, The Slave Martyr

As a little African American girl, I grew up hearing stories about Big Bob, the slave martyr who gave his life for the U.S. Army and Captain Charles Lyons on a Union vessel off Rodman's Point near Washington, N.C., March 31, 1863. It was during the Siege of Washington...

Last of the Lot

The youngest of my great-grandfather Henry’s seven brothers wasn’t just one of the boys. At fifteen, he was the only boy. That should have been enough to keep him out of service to the Confederacy and, for almost all of the war, it did. But there was a problem. By the...

Eight Is Enough

There are a couple of versions of this story in our family. My grandma's version was that there were "six sons, all over six feet tall, who went to war and all six came back." Grandma was never known for understatement, but she missed this one by two. There were, in...

Little Schoolhouse Wedding

My great-grandfather was Needham Outlaw of Duplin and Wayne counties. He was a private in Company I, 66th Regiment of North Carolina Troops. He served as a Confederate nurse and courier between eastern North Carolina and Richmond. It is unknown how much action he saw....

Three Days in Maryland, 1862

Captain Chalmers Lanier Glenn of Rockingham County served in Company I, Third North Carolina Regiment. (William Dorsey Pender was his 1st Colonel.) Glenn was killed in the bloodbath at South Mountain on Sept. 14, 1862. Brigadier General Lawrence O'Bryan Branch of...

Horseshoes in the Belfry

During the Civil War, Kinstonians began seeking places to hide their valuables. When Rev. JB Webb, the minister of the town's local Methodist Church and owner of a local factory manufacturing goods for the Confederacy, heard that the Yankees were coming, he had...

Love in the Midst of War

Lieutenant D.A. Black was one of the "Carolina Boys" of Company K, 38th Regiment of the North Carolina Troops, under the command of Captain M. McR. McLauchlin. On May 3, 1862, Lieutenant D.A. Black wrote to a friend in North Carolina from his camp at Milford Station...

Stoneman’s Cavalry

My great-grandfather was a boy of 12 when Stoneman's cavalry raided through Western Lincoln County. As the cavalry approached, his mother loaded all the family's silverware and china into several burlap sacks, and they loaded the sacks onto their broken-down old mule....

Walking home from Richmond

My great-great-grandfather was Anthony Hohn, who came from Germany when he was seven years old. Enlisting in the Confederate army, he left his wife and two children to go to war. He was in many battles, but near the end of the war he reportedly shot someone and...

Sacrifice

Hardin Holyfield of Surry sent four sons to war. Hardin, the last of the four to join, was 14 years old. He served with the 28th N.C. infantry. He lived until 1930. My great-great grandfather, Hardin Sr., was a constable. Want To Work With Us? Get involved with our...

Merit selection, it wasn’t

If you want to know how one of the nation's premiere military installations got its name, don't expect to find the answer in the Civil War service record of Braxton Bragg, who has been called "the North's favorite Southern general." Want To Work With Us? Get involved...

U.S. History, Meet the Present

There's no shortage of innocent assumptions, sneering one-liners, pseudohistory, off-topic diversions and mindless loops regarding the causes and conduct of the Civil War. If you've had enough of that cheap beer, then buy, borrow or check out Daniel A. Farber's...

High hopes and hard war

A Texas soldier stationed in Arkansas, one of eight Reb brothers born and reared on the same Cape Fear River plantation, was reservedly optimistic as the Civil War passed its first anniversary."If I am still blessed with good health," Jimmie Smith wrote his future...

Become a Charter Member of the Friends of the History Center!

On Thursday, May 8, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM, the History Center will launch its Friends program at a special gathering at SkyView on Hay in downtown Fayetteville.  We will be premiering a special video about the History Center plans and we will be hearing from one of the...

Community Foundation Announces $500,000 Grant Investment

Leaders of Cumberland Community Foundation announced a major gift to the proposed North Carolina Civil War History Center. Plans call for the education center to be built on the grounds of the existing State-supported Museum of the Cape Fear, directly adjacent to the...

There’s no script for war

Abolish the unthinkable and you can have no more wars. Is there even a remote chance that Alexander McRae, a U.S. Army officer from Fayetteville, idly wondered during his time as a West Point cadet if he would die in New Mexico Territory battling rebels led by his...

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