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African American Marines, World War II
African American Marines, World War II
Original title: "Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st...
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African American Marines, World War II
African American Marines, World War II
Original title: "Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st...
Format: image/photograph
African American soldiers
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.9
After Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, some 180,000 African American soldiers fought for the Union cause in the Civil War.
Format: article
American soldiers carrying wounded comrade
American soldiers carrying wounded comrade
Four American soldiers carry a wounded comrade through swampy terrain during the Vietnam War.
Format: image/photograph
Artillery fire
Artillery fire
As the British troops advance, Continental soldiers fire artillery in a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Format: image/photograph
Basic training
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.2
Oral history interview with a North Carolina man about his experiences after being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The battle begins
The battle begins
In a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Continental soldiers watch while British troops fire at American militia. The militia were ordered to fire twice, then break formation. Since militia were not professional soldiers, how well they obeyed...
Format: image/photograph
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.
Battle of Mogadishu
Battle of Mogadishu
U.S. soldiers return to their base after a mission in Somalia in 1993.
Format: image/photograph
The Battle of the Bulge
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.7
Oral history interview with a North Carolina World War II veteran about his experiences in the Battle of the Bulge, fought in France between December 1944 and January 1945. Includes historical background and contemporary newsreel footage.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A black sailor in the American Revolution
A black sailor in the American Revolution
This African American sailor, whose portrait here was painted during the American Revolution, wears the uniform of a sailor in the navy rather than of one on a private ship.
Format: image/painting
A British victory
A British victory
The British take the field after the Continental retreat at a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Format: image/photograph
Cannon smoke
Cannon smoke
After the Continentals fire their cannon at a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, smoke obscures their view of the battlefield.
Format: image/photograph
Capture of trenches at Candaba
“Moving pictures” were brand-new technology in 1898, and films of the Spanish-American War gave most Americans their first “live” look at battle. But this film, of course, was only a reenactment, shot in New Jersey the following year by Thomas Edison’s...
Format: video/video
The capture of Wilmington
The capture of Wilmington
Caption: "Admiral Porter's boats removing torpedoes and buoying the channel in Cape Fear River."
Format: image/illustration
Casualties
Casualties
In a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, men begin to fall as the British and Continentals exchange musket fire.
Format: image/photograph
A civil war at home: Treatment of Unionists
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.11
Excerpt from the memoir of W. B. Younce, an Ashe County man who was drafted into the Confederate army and deserted. He describes the conditions on the home front, particularly the treatment of Unionists. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood and David Walbert.
Civil War camp scene showing winter huts and corduroy roads
Civil War camp scene showing winter huts and corduroy roads
Photograph of a Union army camp during the Civil War shows winter huts as well as a corduroy road.
Format: image/photograph
Civil War field hospital
Civil War field hospital
A field hospital in Savage Station, Virginia, during the Peninsular Campaign of May–August 1862.
Format: image/photograph
Civil War reenactment: A Union cavalry officer
A reenactor portraying a Union cavalry officer explains the weapons and equipment carried by cavalry in the Civil War.
Format: video/video