Rob Neufeld: Witnesses recall post-Civil War plunder of Asheville

When, on the evening of Wednesday, April 26, 1865, Union troops under the command of Gen. Simeon Brown fell upon Asheville, they had reasons to be fired up.
They had recently heard about the assassination of President Lincoln.
Asheville was one of the last Confederate strongholds at the end of the Civil War.
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Brunswick Civil War Round Table To Meet December 7th

Following a near record crowd, and an all-time high in new member sign-ups at their Tuesday, November 2nd meeting which featured guest presenter Keith Hardison, the Round Table now announces its December 7th program. This meeting will feature Jim McKee, senior interpreter at the Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site. His topic for the evening [...]

Fort Branch Christmas set for Saturday evening

Fort Branch will hold a candlelight tour of recreated Christmas scenes for a Civil War Christmas re-enactment Saturday evening.
Frank Dew, Fort Branch museum curator and chairman of the Battlefield Commission that oversees Fort Branch, said that Fort Branch has a theme every Christmas for visitors.
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Rob Neufeld: A long-lost Civil War general is found in Robbinsville

Last week’s article concluded just as the Union Army, making its final push in the Civil War, was approaching Asheville from Fletcher.
News of Lee’s surrender had already reached the area. The leader of the Union cavalry, Gen. George Stoneman, had gone back to his base in Knoxville, Tenn., leaving his command to Gen. Alvan C. [...]

State Capitol Hosts Free Holiday Open House, Civil War Christmas Encampment

The spirit of the holidays will be present at State Capitol’s annual Open House on Thursday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec.12. The halls will be decked with seasonal decorations, and local groups will perform traditional and contemporary holiday music in the rotunda at various times of the day.
Hours for the Open House are: Thursday, Dec. [...]

Lecture at Somerset Place Jan. 15 Examines Slaves’ Side of Civil War

Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell will present the lecture “The Impact and Implication of the Civil War from the Enslaved Person’s Perspective: Forced to Aid My Enemies’ Cause,” on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m.  Former site manager Dot Redford will speak. 
For more information, call (252) 797-4560.  
Somerset Place is a representative state historic [...]

Travis Lecture at Ft. Anderson on Jan. 18 Details Battles for Coastal Forts

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow will present local historian Jack Travis, who will speak on “Jumping the Gun: The January 1861 Captures of Forts Caswell and Johnston” on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. Travis is the author of “Men of God, Angels of Death: A History of General Lee’s Premier Artillery [...]

Bentonville Holds Civil War Christmas Dec. 4, Aycock Open House Dec. 7 and 9

From plum pudding to collard greens, or cotton stalks and popcorn, there will be lots of activity at the free, family-friendly holiday open house programs at Bentonville Battlefield and Aycock Birthplace state historic sites, sharing good cheer and the theme “Make History This Holiday.”
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will hold its holiday celebration on Dec. [...]

Author to sign his Civil War book at Fort Fisher on Saturday

McKendree R. “Mike” Long III will sign copies of his Civil War novel “No Good Like It Is,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in the visitors’ center at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

A 1960 graduate of New Hanover High School, Long was a career paratrooper in the U.S. Army, serving two tours [...]

County Civil War hero honored

More than 146 years after he was shot dead, Lt. Col. William Clay Walker was honored on Nov. 2 at McGuire’s Millrace Farm by a unit of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
    Civil War-era muskets and a mountain howitzer were fired in honor of the Cherokee County Confederate officer. Walker’s Battalion of Thomas Legion, 1st [...]