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Civil War Heritage
As North Carolinians and Americans all over commemorate the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the American Civil War (1861-1865), Raleigh also takes a look back at its involvement in the war and at the area’s present-day heritage sites. Visitors can watch a video overview, read more about Raleigh’s Civil War ties and visit the places (some commemorated, some unmarked) where wartime events unfolded.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR AN OVERVIEW
This three-minute video gives an overview perspective of the area’s Civil War heritage, from the state’s Ordinance of Secession, signed at the State Capitol in 1861, to the war’s final surrender negotiated between Generals Johnston and Sherman in 1865, while Sherman was headquartered in Raleigh’s Governor’s Palace. Watch now
READ MORE ABOUT RALEIGH AND THE CIVIL WAR
From 1861-1865, Raleigh witnessed firsthand the tragedy of the American Civil War. The State Capitol building was the site of the May 20, 1861, Secession Convention, which resulted in N.C. breaking from the Union. Read more
SEE FOR YOURSELF
Visiting the significant Civil War sites in downtown Raleigh and beyond is easy. Just follow the map and listings below.
Photo by Leslie Rudd; used courtesy of Raleigh Public Record