K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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An authentick relation of the Battle of Alamance
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.11
Contemporary newspaper account of the Battle of Alamance, fought between Regulators and militia led by Governor William Tryon on May 16, 1771. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
The Battle of Bentonville
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.9
Memoir of a Confederate soldier describing the march to Bentonville and the battle there on March 19, 1865. He describes the desperate state of the Confederate army by the end of the war. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Battle of Gettysburg
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.8
The diary of Confederate soldier Louis Leon in the first days of July 1863, describing his experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.7
In February 1776, Patriot militia companies fought an army of Loyalists, mainly Scottish Highlanders, at Moore's Creek Bridge near Wilmington, North Carolina. The Patriot victory convinced colonial leaders to push for independence.
Format: article
The Battle of New Bern
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.5
The Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862, won by Union General Burnside's forces, was the second of three major engagements on the North Carolina coast in the second year of the Civil War.
Format: article
The battle of Roanoke Island
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.3
Dispatch from Roanoke Island to northern newspapers after the Union victory in February 1862. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
The burning of Elizabeth City
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.4
Excerpt from Richard Creecy's memoir describing the fall of Elizabeth City to Union troops in February 1862 and its partial burning by residents. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
The Burnside Expedition
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.1
Union General Ambrose Burnside led an assault on Roanoke Island in February 1862. Burnside's forces would take and hold much of the coast of North Carolina for the remainder of the war.
Format: article
The destruction of the CSS Albemarle
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.3
Report of Lieutenant William Barker Cushing, U.S. Navy, on the destruction of the ironclad CSS Albemarle during the Civil War. Includes historical commentary and background on ironclad ships, including a podcast.
Format: letter/primary source
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Iwo Jima
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.10
A contemporary radio broadcast and maps help tell the story of this epic battle between American and Japanese forces in the Pacific in 1945.
Format: exhibit
Midway
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.6
In the Battle of Midway, fought near Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean in June 1942, the U.S. Navy stopped the Japanese advance across the Pacific. Includes John Ford's documentary featuring live footage of the battle.
Format: article
North Carolina as a Civil War battlefield, May 1862–November 1864
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.1
Summary of military operations in North Carolina during the middle three years of the war, including the Confederate raid on Goldsboro, Potter's Raid, the Battle of Plymouth, and the sinking of the CSS Albemarle.
Format: article
North Carolina as a Civil War battlefield, November 1864–May 1865
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.2
Article describes major events and battles in North Carolina during the last year of the Civil War, including Sherman's Carolinas Campaign.
Format: article
North Carolina as a Civil War battlefield: May 1861-April 1862
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 2.4
Summary of military operations in North Carolina in the first year of the Civil War, including Burnside's Expedition against the coast.
Format: article
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Rose O'Neal Greenhow describes the Battle of Manassas
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 2.6
Excerpt from the memoir of the Confederate spy in which she describes the First Battle of Manassas in June 1861 and her role in getting intelligence to Confederate generals. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Sherman's march through North Carolina
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.7
After capturing Atlanta in September 1864, Union General William Sherman led his troops on a "March to the Sea" across Georgia, destroying crops, livestock, supplies, and civilian infrastructure that might possibly support the Confederate war effort. He then turned north into the Carolinas, entering North Carolina in March 1865. This "Carolinas Campaign" ended with the surrender of Confederate General Joseph Johnston to Sherman at Bennett Place on April 26.
Format: article