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North Carolina's Military History: 1804-1898

A guide outlining the impact North Carolina has made on United States military history.

Walton War (1804)

Spanish-American War (1898)

Did you know?

Ensign Worth Bagley of Raleigh, North Carolina, is thought to be the first American naval officer to die in the Spanish-American War.

American Civil War (1861-1865)

Kepi of John Lane. "North Carolina and the
Civil War," North Carolina Museum of History.

  • Band Music from the Civil War Era
    This collection makes available examples of a brilliant style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States and remained popular through the nineteenth century. (Library of Congress)
  • Bentonville Battlefield
    The location of the Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina and the last full-scale action of the Civil War where a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive against the Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman.
  • Black Dispatches:  Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence during the Civil War
    From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Book Discussion Series
    • America's Greatest Conflict: Novels of the Civil War
    • Beyond the Battlefield: Alternative Views of War
    • Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War

Zebulon Baird Vance, North Carolina's Civil War
governor, 1870. (N.93.8.43) General Negative Collection,
State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.