Civil War Heritage
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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.


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


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


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 

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Basic Listings

Andrew Johnson Birthplace

  • 1001-1099 Wake Forest Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27604

Artificial Limbs

  • 225 N. McDowell St.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Burke Square

  • 200 N. Blount St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Camp Mangum

  • 1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena

Caswell Square

  • 216 W. Jones St
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Dorothea Dix Hospital

  • S. Boylan Ave
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Fall of Raleigh

  • 100-198 City Farm Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: South Raleigh

Garner Veterans Memorial

  • 921 Buffaloe Rd.
    Lake Benson Park
    Garner, NC 27529
  • Area: Garner

General Grant

  • 2 E. South St
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Governor Morehead School Highway Historical Marker

  • Old Garner Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Area: South Raleigh
  • Phone: .NA
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