Fayetteville in March 1865: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorative Synopsis

By: FACVB

b485d80e-c67e-4a3b-8eae-274216e5193aLeisa Greathouse, Curator of Education at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, has provided an overview of what happened when General Sherman arrived in Fayetteville 150 years ago:

Only extant ruins remain of a once formidable and productive munitions factory on Haymont Hill in Fayetteville. One hundred, fifty years ago, one, two and three-story structures were renown to its local residents where they had spent memorable July 4th celebrations. It employed skilled civilian workers, slave laborers, and a few soldiers now and then. No riddle intended, I’m speaking of the Fayetteville, North Carolina Arsenal.

Fayetteville Marks 150th Anniversary of the Sherman’s Occupation

By: FACVB

In March 1865 General William T. Sherman entered North Carolina and  took a direct route to his first objective, the  Fayetteville Arsenal.  From March 11-14, 1865, Sherman and his troops occupied Fayetteville while planning the rest of the Carolinas Campaign . Upon leaving, Sherman destroyed the arsenal and other key structures around the city. From March 15-16, his forces encountered the first organized tactical resistance since entering the Carolinas, at the Battle of Averasboro. The action at Averasboro delayed the left wing of Sherman’s  army, and gave the Confederates a chance during the Battle of Bentonville.

The Fayetteville Arsenal Prior to the Civil War
The Fayetteville Arsenal Prior to the Civil War

Spring events throughout Fayetteville and Cumberland County  mark the 150th anniversary of these Civil War milestones.

Diary Entries of Malinda Barge Ray 1861-1865

By: FACVB

This transcript of Malinda Ray’s diary of the Civil War period was done by the staff of the Museum of the Cape Fear, working from both a handwritten copy by Mrs. Susan Tillinghast and a typewritten transcript by Miss Mary Coit Tillinghast.

Valentines Day Ideas

By: FACVB

Although Valentines Day celebrations can include tradition romantic things like flowers and chocolate – it doesn’t have to!  Hare a couple of non-traditional ideas for celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cumberland County.

The Pavilion at Carvers Creek State Park

By: FACVB

pavilionThe January edition of Carvers Creek State Park’s newsletter highlighted the history of one of the structures at the park. The article is reprinted here with permission.

The Pavilion at Carvers Creek state park is the only standing remains of a nineteenth-century sawmill in Cumberland County.