‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’: Civil War Sesquicentennial Events in North Carolina

The American Civil War wrought great hardship upon the state and nation.  North Carolina suffered at least 35,000 deaths, one-quarter of all Confederates lost, and felt more than its share of pain.  The nation and state survived the war years, 1861-1865, but at great price. 
In observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial (www.nccivilwar150.com) the N.C. Department [...]


In honor of Black History Month, the Battle of Franklin Trust is hosting Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush, a renowned interpreter and storyteller.  Dr. Johnston-Bush will perform Negro Spirituals and discuss their history and significance as historical American art.  The event will be held at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center on Saturday, February 26th at 1 p.m.  The [...]

Miss. license plate proposed to honor KKK leader

A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, [...]

Re-enactment portrays Confederates’ stand against Sherman’s march

Over the weekend, spectators with a keen interest in South Carolina history witnessed an exciting and educational re-enactment of the Battle of Rivers Bridge in Bamberg County, an important crossing on Sherman’s march to Columbia.
Not all battles of the Civil War were clashes of huge armies. Some were small but pivotal. Such was the Battle [...]

ESSAY: Civil War history is all around us

As the Gazette recently noted, commemorations begin this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The milestone also is an opportune time to trace ancestors on both sides of the conflict in battles across Virginia, including the Williamsburg area.
A family connection is what recently brought my wife, Mary Lynch Rogers, [...]

The Choctaw Confederates

During the first week of February, while gentlemen from across the South convened in Montgomery, Ala., to establish a new nation, a meeting of another, far older nation was happening 500 miles to the west. Instead of taking place under the lofty dome of a neoclassical capitol, this one was held in a simple wooden [...]

Brookline eyes new home for Civil War memorial

Town officials are developing plans for a new home for Brookline’s Civil War memorial, which will move the 19th-century tribute from a leaking outdoor concrete box to a display inside the Town Hall’s lobby.
“All these folks were sons and brothers and husbands… for what they did for us, this is just the right thing to [...]

MOA examines 150 years of Civil War history Saturday

This is a special year for Civil War buffs and historians. This is the sesquicentennial for the war between the states, and Museum of the Albemarle is not only ready to host its annual living history event, it will also be examining the lives of two war veterans this weekend.
The museum will present its Civil [...]

Ocmulgee National Monument fire ruled arson

A 154-year-old house that survived a Civil War raid was nearly destroyed in an arson early Wednesday at the Ocmulgee National Monument.
Macon police arrested a man with cuts on his hands who was watching the commotion as crews battled the blaze.
Just before 3:40 a.m., a fire alarm alerted firefighters, who arrived to find the back [...]

The Willard: Where hope collapsed as slavery raged

The delegates used separate hotel entrances: Pennsylvania Avenue for Northerners, F Street for Southerners.
They shouted, argued and one day almost came to blows before their chairman, a former U.S. president, yelled, “Order!”
Then, the day before Valentine’s Day 1861, one of the aged attendees passed away in his hotel room, begging colleagues from his deathbed to [...]