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The Salisbury National Cemetery is the only such cemetery in North Carolina: born out of a Confederate prison honoring the unknown Union dead. The cemetery houses almost four thousand Union veterans and six thousand U.S. veterans.
The size of the National Cemetery at Salisbury is impressive. The space has recently been expanded to allow four hundred more graves for veterans. This image shows the many people who had been buried at Salisbury since the Spanish American War and…
At Salisbury the dead were too numerous for Confederates to provide individual graves, and instead dumped the bodies into eighteen trenches. These trenches were heavily contested after the war as how many bodies were actually inside.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy created a marker contextualizing Salisbury prison in the 1990s. Countering the Federal Monument, the UDC marker lowered the death toll at the prison from the impossibly high 11,700 to a more plausible 3,700.
Created in 1910 the Pennsylvania Monument was built to honor prisoners from the Commonwealth who died at Salisbury prison. The Pennsylvania Monument did not attack the Confederate authorities and focused on peace.
Exhibit displays such as this one in â€œLiving Togetherâ€ provided an important historical contextualization for the following exhibit, â€œNorth Carolina in Crisis.â€ By exploring provocative themes of violence, oppression, resistance, and…
On November 6, 1860, in the presidential election, North Carolinian voters chose John C. Breckinridge (pictured), the southern Democratic nominee,…