Posts Tagged ‘Civil War 150’

Image of Rose Greenhow from the book My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule At Washington, by Rose Greenhow, 1863.

Image of Rose Greenhow from the book My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule At Washington, by Rose Greenhow, 1863.

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

Before the Civil War, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a widowed Washington socialite turned Confederate spy, was well known for her pro-states’ rights and slavery expansionist views and for maintaining friendly relationships with leaders from the North.

When war broke out she was recruited her to lead a Confederate espionage ring. In 1861 she provided General Pierre G.T. Beauregard with information that assisted his victory at the first Battle of Bull Run. Shortly thereafter, she was placed her under house arrest and later transferred to a prison, where she still managed to relay messages to the South. In 1862 the federal government sent her to the South where she was welcomed as a hero.

Jefferson Davis sent Greenhow to Europe in 1863 to raise support for the Confederacy. Her return trip a year later was aboard the blockade-runner Condor, which ran aground 200 yards from Fort Fisher. She feared capture since she was carrying dispatches for the Confederacy and $2,000 worth of coins. She got in a small boat with five soldiers to row ashore, against the captain’s advice. The boat capsized and the weight of the purse pulled her beneath the waters to her death. She was buried with full military honors in Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington.

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Celebrate Native American culture at the N.C. Museum of History
all day Saturday.

Traditional Native American dancers, blacksmithing and naval military demonstrations and a 5K family fun run are just a few of the offerings of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend fun starts tonight with another installment of Historic Bath’s historical film series in Bath and a live performance of a Thomas’s Wolfe short story at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

Saturday begins early with a 5K family fun run and walk to raise money for holiday gifts for needy children at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead. Also Saturday morning the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will kick off its holiday season with a craft workshop. Later in the day, the Museum will host a discussion on segregated schools during the first half of the 20th century.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will host its annual American Indian Heritage Celebration complete with traditional and contemporary artists, dancers and performers, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will host the 15th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo fishing tournament. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a day-long class in traditional boat building.

All weekend long, Tryon Palace in New Bern will present programs on Civil War life, while the CSS Neuse in Kinston will host a naval-themed living history program. The N.C. Symphony will perform music from Mozart and Shostakovich in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

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Take a Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, this (and next) weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

Norwegian prints, Civil War-era reenactors and rides on Thomas the Tank Engine are just a few of the fun things you’ll find this weekend at the sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off early with the N.C. Arts Council at the installation of the North Carolina’s poet laureate this afternoon. The celebration will begin around 4:30 in the old House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol. Later in the evening, Historic Bath will screen The Help as part of its historical films series, while Elisha Minter will portray Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist, in a storytelling program at Tryon Palace.

Starting Friday morning and continuing through Sunday, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will be on hand at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Take your kids out for rides on Thomas, music, Thomas-themed games and activities and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bennett Place in Durham will host a living history program on the Civil War homefront in North Carolina. Visitors will have the chance to see what is was like to be left behind after the men went off to war. Both days, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will have 1800s military demonstrations and other pioneer life activities, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer special tours of the Gone with the Wind exhibit, led by the owner of the collection himself!

On Sunday, the N.C. Museum of Art will debut a widely-acclaimed exhibition of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s work, a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear will examine the role of railroads in the Civil War and a talk at the Museum of History will describe how the South was packaged for pop culture consumption.

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The Neuse on the its moving equipment.

Tomorrow morning as early as 5:30 a.m., the CSS Neusewill begin a three-mile journey from its current home at the CSS Neuse/Gov. Caswell Memorial to a new, custom-built, climate controlled building at 100 N. Queen St., in downtown Kinston. The Confederate ironclad represents the culmination of a ten year effort and will be a truly historic event. The Neuse has been at its current site since 1964, shortly after its raising from the Neuse River in 1962.

The move will be a slow one, with many safety precautions in place to protect both the public and the 148-year-old, 260-ton Neuse. In fact, the ship will travel at only one mile per hour until it reaches W. Vernon Avenue and will only reach a top speed of four miles per hour during the middle portion of the trip. The Neuse will be lifted out of its current location in three sections using house moving dollies that can turn a full 360 degrees. After it reaches the main road, it will be hitched to trucks.

Parking lots and sidewalks along Vernon Avenue and Queen Streets will offer great vantage points to the see move! The Neuse won’t be open for public view again until late in the year as the staff of the Historic Sites Division finishes construction on the new building and continues to develop the exhibits on the role of eastern North Carolina in the Civil War.

The route of the Neuse‘s move.

We want to hear from you as you watch this historic event. Tweet your photos and comments on #CSSNeuse and upload your photos to our Facebook page! You can learn more about the Neuse and its move on our website.

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RALEIGH – Amputations were the most common operation performed during the American Civil War, constituting roughly 75% of surgeries.  Confederate veterans returning home found a collapsed economy, friends and family members lost to the war, and little opportunity to resume a normal life.  Many 21st century veterans face similar challenges and hardships.

In January 1866, North Carolina became the first Confederate state to authorize funds for the purchase of artificial limbs for veterans.  The Federal government began providing money to Union soldiers for artificial limbs in 1862.  The book “Phantom Pain,” by Ansley Herring Wegner, research historian in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Office of Archives and History, details the development and implementation of the program in North Carolina, and compares it to other states. The book is available through the Historical Publications Section of the Office of Archives and History ( search by title).

The post war General Assembly passed a resolution for the veterans to expend state funds, “to procure necessary limbs, and thus restore them, as far as practicable, to the comfortable use of their persons, to the enjoyment of life and to the ability to earn a subsistence.”

In addition to physical and psychological discomfort, veterans were vexed by phantom pain, when nerves sent messages to the brain that were perceived as being from the missing limb. That condition still is reported by amputees today.  The vets were provided travel to Raleigh for examination and a place to stay while there being fitted for a limb.  Several models of wooden legs and arms were created to meet the extensive need.  North Carolina contracted with the Jewett’s Patent Leg Company, paying $75 for legs and $50 for arms.  Some veterans accepted the equivalent amount of cash rather than an ill-fitting prosthetic.  Technology lagged behind the new realities caused by war.

“Phantom Pain” includes the names and county of residence of everyone who contacted the state regarding a prosthetic limb, along with anecdotes of some of the recipients’ experiences.  In March, Wegner will speak at a conference at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City that will examine the subject.  To learn more about North Carolina’s Civil War experience, visit www.nccivilwar150.com.

For information, call (919) 807-7389.  The Historical Publications Section and the Museum of the Albemarle are part of the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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The Department of Cultural Resources is working with interns from N.C. State University, and we wanted them to introduce themselves and talk a little bit about what they will be doing.  You’ll be hearing from each of them over the next few months.  We are tickled to have the help!


Hi! My name is Carrie Chase and I’m a senior at N.C. State. I’m majoring in Communication with a public relations concentration. I am excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Department of Cultural Resources!  I am working on 2nd Saturdays.  As a ‘poor college student,’ I often find myself wondering, “What is something fun I can do this weekend that won’t put a huge dent in my wallet?” 2nd Saturdays in the answer!   This free, state-wide history and culture program truly seems to have something for everyone. The events will take place at all 27 Historic North Carolina Sites and all eight North Carolina Museums.  Mark your calendars for June 11, July 9, and August 13!
Having always been a huge culture fan, this sort of event appealed to me immediately. Who could turn down art, music, food, crafts and history; and all in one place?  And, the longer I live in the wonderful state of North Carolina, the more I appreciate the importance of learning about its history. 2nd Saturdays aims to tell the story of North Carolina in creative and insightful ways. It gives vendors and artists the chance to showcase their creations, and gives the community an exciting opportunity to explore the state.  Stick around… more information to come!

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It is official: working can be fun! My name is Nicole Medlin and I recently started interning for the Department of Cultural Resources. I am a second semester senior at North Carolina State University and will be graduating in May with a BA in Communications, concentrating in public relations, and with a minor in journalism.

While, the idea of graduating in four months is quite intimidating, so far my work with Cultural Resources has been fun and helpful in preparing for what I will be doing in the real world. I have already helped with press releases (that I got to put my name on!). I have also done a lot of reading on the Civil War and the activities that are being planned for the 150th anniversary. I have always been one to claim a dislike toward history, but as I have researched and read a lot of different things, I am finding myself unable to stop reading!

I am really excited to continue working and learning the ropes at the Department of Cultural Resources. It has been great so far and I cannot wait to see what else I will be working on!

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My name is Natalie Griffith and I’m a senior studying public relations at North Carolina State University. I am thrilled to be spending this semester working on the Civil War 150 “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” traveling photo exhibit!

The exhibit will be on view at about 50 libraries around the state, and I will be working to help get the word out.

I’m from Hendersonville, N.C. with a love of the mountains. I’m also passionate about culture and have two minors in Spanish and international studies. Last year, I spent four incredible months studying in Barcelona, Spain. This year, I hope to use my history in North Carolina and experience in international cultures to succeed here at the Department of Cultural Resources.

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