Civil War Events in NC in 2011

All events subject to change, please contact each site.

August 26-28, 2011: "Flags Over Hatteras" at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, N.C. This is a display of exhibits related to the national "Flags over Hatteras" conference on Hatteras Island, about the Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark in 1861, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 252-986-2995 or visit

August 27, 2011: "A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier," a living history program featuring the 27th NC re-enactors from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Four Oaks, NC . For more information call 910-594-0789 or visit

Sept. 10, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vernon G. James Research & Extension Center in Roper, NC The Civil War and Its Aftermath in Washington County, a Civil War Sesquicentennial lecture. Harry Thompson of the Port of Plymouth Museum, Plymouth, will be the speaker. Many citizens in the coastal county of Washington sought to protect their safety, livelihood, freedom and social status during and after the Civil War. This lecture will focus on how the Civil War socially and economically affected planters, yeoman farmers, and landless white laborers, freed and enslaved blacks during that time full of trial. Reconstruction of the social and political structure of the county proved to be as arduous and exhausting and the war itself. Somerset Place State Historic Site is hosting this free event, which is open to the public.

September 17 & 18, 2011 Civil War Re-enactment. Averasboro Battlefield , Dunn, NC. Artillery and infantry on the historic Averasboro Battlefield. The battlefield is located at 3300 NC Highway 82 in Dunn, NC. For more information, call 910-891-5019 visit

Sept. 24, 2011, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial with "Occupied Beaufort, 1862" from September 2011 – September 2012." An opening reception for the new exhibit "Watched by Sound and Sea: Occupied Beaufort, 1862" will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2012.The Civil War transforms a quiet southern town in Eastern North Carolina into a hub of Union Navy activity. As the station for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, many Union amphibious operations would not have been possible without Beaufort's geographically advantageous harbor. This refitting and recoaling station kept Union vessels from making the long trek back to Norfolk to repair and resupply vessels. Beaufort's convenient location played an integral role in blockading other ports in North Carolina. Guest Lecturer Judkin Browning, author of "The Southern Mind Under Union Rule: The Diary of James Rumley, Beaufort, NC 1862 – 1865" will speak at 3 p.m. No cost. Light refreshments will be served.

October 2011-September 2012, Civil War Lectures at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. 2nd Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. Historians and noted authors will discuss an array of subjects from mourning practices to blockade runners. No cost. Topics are posted at The Second Saturday Speaker Series begins at 3:00 p.m. and the speakers include the following:
October 8, 2011 Chris Meekins, NC State Archives: NC Unionists
November 12, 2011 Dr. Jim Craig, Professor Emeritus Virginia Tech: USS Monitor
December 10, 2011 Dan Blair
January 14, 2012 Rob Reedy, Archaeological Consultant: Civil War Shipwrecks off Carteret County
February 11, 2012 Dr. Jeffrey Crow, Deputy Secretary NCDCR: NC African Americans
March 10, 2012 LeRae Umfleet, NC Department of Cultural Resources: Women & Mourning Customs
April 14, 2012 Paul Branch, Fort Macon State Park: Battle of Fort Macon
May 12, 2012 Tom Vincent, NC Department of Cultural Resources: Confederate Monuments
June 9, 2012 Dr. Bill Still, Professor Emeritus East Carolina University: NC Ironclads
July 14, 2012 Derrick Brown, Bentonville State Historic Site: The Burnside Expedition
August 11, 2012 Robert "Bob" Browning, US Coast Guard Historian: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
September 8, 2012 Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr., UNC-Wilmington Professor: Lieutenant Commander William Barker Cushing, USN

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2011. Civil War Living History Days. A program designed for the 4th grade student, and held on the green of the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Learn about Harriet Jacobs and discover hands on activities to improve student's knowledge of life in Northeastern North Carolina during the Civil War and the life of a civil war soldier. For more information, call 252-482-2637 or email for more information.

November 5-6, 2011: 25th Annual Fort Branch Battle reenactment, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, at the Fort Branch Battlefield, at 2883 Fort Branch Road, about 3 miles southeast of Hamilton, NC., just off Hwy. 125/903 in Martin County. Activities will include ladies tea, ladies fashion show, period music, battle reenactment, night firings of cannons, and period church services. The battle reenactment will take place at 1:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free although there is paid parking. For more information, visit

December 9-10, 2011. During the Annual Edenton Christmas Tour, Historic Edenton State Historic Site will sponsor re-enactors from the Edenton Bell Battery, camping on the 1767 Courthouse Green, December 9 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and December 10 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

March 24, 2012, North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. "A Living History: Occupied Beaufort, 1862" Downtown Beaufort will transform into a Civil War town! See vignettes of navy, artillery, cavalry and infantry reenactors. At the Maritime Museum children's activities, weapons demonstrations, and infantry drills will interest the entire family. There is rumor of a Confederate prison break! Visit the temporary exhibit and discover Beaufort's importance to the naval war effort. Tour the town on a double-decker bus with Beaufort Historic Association and end your day with an evening cannon firing at Fort Macon State Park. Most activities are free – call NCMM for more information (252) 728-7317