Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s arrival in North Carolina to take place

January 11, 2012 by  

To celebrate the arrival of the Civil War in North Carolina 150 years ago in 1862, several events will be taking place on January 21 and 22 in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. These events will commemorate the capturing of Roanoke Island Roanoke Island, New Bern and Fort Macon over a three-month period of time starting in February by Union General Ambrose and were designed to prevent supplies from reaching the Confederate Army through the ports of North Carolina. Printing services will be used to create flyers and posters to be distributed throughout the state in order to attract the state’s population and tourists to the celebration that will last for several months.

One event will focus on the maritime war and highlight the encounters of the members of the navy and the Marines. Planned are small artillery and arms demonstrations by the United States Coast Chief Historian, representatives of the Marine Corps Historical Society of the United States and the Deputy State Archaeologist from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Events in February will be highlighted by lectures on book signings on February 12th and February 16 by two renowned authors who will discuss the life of the freed slaves after the Civil War. Another symposium will be held on March 10 regarding Civil War activities in Eastern North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. A special program on the medical program during the Civil War will also take place on March 17th and 18th to compare medical practices and treatments done during the Civil War and now carried out in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There will also be an on-going exhibit at the North Carolina Maritime Museum displaying artefacts from the period with a speaker each month that will continue through September 2012.