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North Carolina Museum of History Press Release, "Part Two of Civil War Exhibit Series Opens at NC Museum of History," November 11, 2012

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North Carolina Museum of History Press Release, "Part Two of Civil War Exhibit Series Opens at NC Museum of History," November 11, 2012

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In this press release from the North Carolina Museum of History website, the museum announced the opening of the second part of its exhibit series, North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865 (the exhibit officially opened November 4).  The three-part exhibit was an official commemoration for the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.  This press release focused on the second installment of the exhibit, North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863.  Specficially chronicling the tumultuous experience of "Tar Heel" soldiers and civilians in 1863, the article highlighted several artifact displays, including sections on pistols and revolvers, the Chancellorsville campaign, and the Battle of Gettysburg.  Accompanying photographs featured Dr. Edmund Burke Haywood's surgical kit and the battle flag of the 18th NC Regiment.

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North Carolina Museum of History

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North Carolina Museum of History, "NC Museum of History: What's Going On - Press Releases," http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/wgo/press_11162012.html (accessed February 12, 2013).

Date

2012-11-16

Contributor

Moore, Michael

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Document

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Press Release

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Part Two of Civil War Exhibit Series Opens at NC Museum of History

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is presenting a three-part exhibit series titled North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865. The series explores the four-year conflict that changed the state and nation. It also tells the story of North Carolinians who lived, served and sacrificed during the nation’s bloodiest conflict. The exhibit is located within the museum’s larger military history gallery A Call to Arms. Admission is free.

Part two of the series, North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863, opened Nov. 4 and will run through Oct. 27, 2013. The Raging Storm, 1863 focuses on a tumultuous year marked with intense battles and devastating loss of life. More than 10,000 Tar Heel soldiers were killed or wounded or died from disease in 1863. Exhibit artifacts include Civil War handguns, battle flags and uniforms, as well as surgical instruments used for amputations.

North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863, features a surgical chest used by Dr. Edmund Burke Haywood. The chest contains amputation saws, bone cutters, knives and chained retractors.

The Raging Storm, 1863 includes some artifacts that have never been exhibited or have not been on view for many years.

Weapons of War: Civil War Pistols and Revolvers showcases 23 handguns ranging from an M1851 .36-caliber Colt navy five-shot percussion revolver to a Belgian-made .40-caliber single-shot muzzle-loading percussion pocket pistol.

A Year of Carnage covers the Chancellorsville campaign, fought from April 27 to May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Va., where 3,000 North Carolina soldiers were injured or killed. Featured is a battle flag carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops, which accidentally shot Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on May 2, 1863.

An exhibit highlight features a battle flag associated with the death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The banner was carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops, which accidentally shot the Confederate general at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863.

The last exhibit section, Gettysburg, tells the story of the 7,000 North Carolinians killed, wounded or captured at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania from July 1 to 3, 1863. Among the artifacts from the battle are several battle flags, including that of the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops captured by Union troops during the Confederate attack on Cemetery Ridge on July 3. The flag is on loan from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.

The third part of North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865, debuting in 2014, will highlight the last engagements of 1864-1865 and postwar consequences.

The exhibit series is part of the N.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial, a statewide initiative organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina. For more information go to www.nccivilwar150.com.

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North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of History Press Release, "Part Two of Civil War Exhibit Series Opens at NC Museum of History," November 11, 2012, Civil War Era NC, accessed April 26, 2017, http://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/666.