Where did all the treason trials go?

Where did all the treason trials go? Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to...

A summer of change, a long winter of resistance

A summer of change, a long winter of resistance As hopes and honeysuckle bloomed, a century and a half ago, forces were massing to ensure that the dreams of newly liberated slaves and their white supporters would never take root. At the federal level, slavery had been...

Our Latest Newsletter!

Our Latest Newsletter! March 2017 Dear Friends, The North Carolina Civil War History Center has been making great progress! In this newsletter are some of our recent and upcoming activities. We thank you for your continued support and, as always, we encourage you to...

Reconstruction: the insurgency that followed the war

Reconstruction: the insurgency that followed the war  This is the sesquicentennial of Reconstruction, an ugly but historically important period in which the Union, having won a long and ghastly Civil War, lost the peace to the same set of antagonists. That realization...

Aunt Janie vs. the Yankees — and me

Aunt Janie vs. the Yankees — and me My great-grandfather’s youngest sister has been dead for more than 130 years, but she’s still driving me crazy. In fairness, she’s had a lot of help. Janie Smith, who was living in the house I now occupy when...

What Lee and Grant didn’t bother to debate

What Lee and Grant didn’t bother to debate Lee. Grant. Appomattox. The three names have become almost shorthand for an end to four ghastly years of a war, all of whose casualties were Americans turned against one another. It is worth revisiting the...

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