|Library to note Civil War’s 150th daily for four years|
|Monday, January 10, 2011|
What was happening in the South 150 years ago on any given date during the Civil War?
A website posting just that, every day for four years, is planned by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The site will be among numerous library activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the conflict.
Activities will begin with the exhibit “Home Front on the Hill: Chapel Hill and the University during the Civil War,” on view in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library from Feb. 1 through May 8.
The exhibit, free to the public, will feature about 160 items from library collections. Highlights will include:
On April 12 – the 150th anniversary of the war’s first military engagement, at Fort Sumter, S.C., in 1861 – the library will launch the website “The Civil War Day-by-Day.”
The site, which will be available at http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/civilwar, will use Wilson Library’s rich collections of archival documents and published materials to present the war as it unfolded in the South. Diary entries, correspondence, news articles, maps, photographic portraits and images of artifacts will be among the items posted daily until April 9, 2015, the 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender.
“We want to provide a sense of how the war was experienced by people living through it, who didn’t know how it would end, or what might happen to them and their loved ones,” said Biff Hollingsworth, archivist in the Southern Historical Collection and one of the site’s creators.
The site will invite readers to share their own interpretations of and reactions to the documents.
Other library anniversary activities, all free to the public in Wilson Library , will include:
“It’s almost impossible to do serious research about the Civil War, and especially the Confederacy, without consulting materials in Wilson Library,” said Tim West, curator of the Southern Historical Collection and chair of the library’s Civil War 150th planning committee. “This anniversary encouraged us to find ways to make those materials more visible and accessible to the general public.”
Library contact: Biff Hollingsworth, (919) 962-1345,