NC Voices: Civil War http://wunc.org en The "Good War" http://wunc.org/post/good-war <p></p><p></p><p>Many people think the American Civil War had to happen. It reunited a torn country and put an end to slavery. But was it a "good" war, and is there even such a thing? Host Frank Stasio talks about the morality of the Civil War with David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of “America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation” (Bloomsbury Press/2011); and Fitzhugh Brundage, the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:08:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 9357 at http://wunc.org The "Good War" The Civil War And The Dukes http://wunc.org/post/civil-war-and-dukes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the Civil War, North Carolina was a poor, agrarian state. The people who lived here were renowned for their independence. It was a quality that would serve the state well after the war.</span></p><p>Washington Duke was a penniless, ambivalent Confederate soldier in the spring of 1865 when he was released from a Union prison in New Bern. Ahead of him was a 130 mile walk home to Durham -&nbsp;waiting for him there were&nbsp;4 children, no wife, and a ransacked farm. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8528 at http://wunc.org The Civil War And The Dukes Starving the South http://wunc.org/post/starving-south <p></p><p></p><p>During the Civil War, the Union Army had an increasing supply of something the Confederacy lacked: food. Canning operations in the North kept the Union’s bellies full while Southern soldiers faced starvation. In his new book, “Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War” (St. Martin’s Press/2011), author and culinary historian Andrew F. Smith explores the role of food in the outcome of the war. Smith joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his research and the connection between the Civil War and the industrialization of America’s food supply.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:36:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Lindsay Foster Thomas 9360 at http://wunc.org Starving the South Whose Side is God On? http://wunc.org/post/whose-side-god <p></p><p>America was a highly religious nation during the Civil War era and spiritual believers on both sides of the conflict turned to their faith to understand the causes and consequences of the war. The concept of divine providence - the idea that God’s will was being played out on the battleground - was a common theme in the messages of preachers and political leaders of the day. For African-Americans in South, the freedom to worship came slowly and black ministers found themselves facing the exciting challenge of emancipation in different ways.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:21:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Lindsay Foster Thomas 9365 at http://wunc.org Daughters of Confederate Soldiers Speak http://wunc.org/post/daughters-confederate-soldiers-speak <p>Many families here in North Carolina have passed down stories about the experiences of their ancestors during the Civil War. For most people, those tales are a link to a distant past that spans generations. But for one small group of elderly women who are actually the daughters of Confederate soldiers, that history is very much a part of their own life story.<br> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 8532 at http://wunc.org The Legend of Henry Berry Lowry http://wunc.org/post/legend-henry-berry-lowry <p></p><p></p><p>Henry Berry Lowry was a Lumbee Indian sometimes described as the “Robin Hood” of Robeson County, North Carolina. But Lowry’s story is much more nuanced than that. He’s a hero to some, a murderer to others. All told, Lowry and his gang of outlaws were responsible for some two dozen killings as the Civil War ended and during Reconstruction. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:46:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Jeremy Loeb 9367 at http://wunc.org The Legend of Henry Berry Lowry Dave Alvin's Civil War Ballad http://wunc.org/post/dave-alvins-civil-war-ballad <p>Historians estimate that more than 56,000 Americans died in prison camps during the Civil War. That's a casualty figure that is far greater than any single battle. The South's most famous prison was at Andersonville in Georgia. Conditions there were horrible; the food was scarce and often rancid. Nearly 29 percent of all prisoners detained at Andersonville died before the end of the war. Singer Dave Alvin wrote a song about it after he discovered that one of his relatives died there. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8536 at http://wunc.org Meet The Civil War Battlefield http://wunc.org/post/meet-civil-war-battlefield <p></p><p></p><p>The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars fought in American history. Although the North won, led bravely by President Abraham Lincoln, Union victory was never a foregone conclusion. Historian Joseph Glatthaar says Lincoln may have been a great political leader, but he didn’t know much about military strategy. The president’s missteps made the Civil War longer and almost caused the resignation of one of the Union’s great generals.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:34:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 9368 at http://wunc.org Meet The Civil War Battlefield African American Legacy in New Bern http://wunc.org/post/african-american-legacy-new-bern <p></p><p></p><p>Some historians refer to the Civil War as the “war between the states" – a white man’s war.&nbsp; But to many people of color – it was the “war for freedom.” And during this mighty war, no other place in North Carolina had more “free” slaves than New Bern.</p><p>When the Union Army seized the city, word spread fast. Slaves travelled from across the state and outside its borders to get to New Bern. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 8543 at http://wunc.org African American Legacy in New Bern Civil War Reenactors Pay Homage to Ancestors http://wunc.org/post/civil-war-reenactors-pay-homage-ancestors <p>The 26th North Carolina Regiment is one of the largest Civil war reenactor groups in the country. Nearly every month the regiment travels from one historical site to the next to reenact battles and perform living history exhibits. The group is modeled after a Confederate regiment of the same name.<br> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 8549 at http://wunc.org