Themes . . .

As themes for the four year commemorative effort, the group has adopted "North Carolina and the Civil War: Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory." Each theme will be explored across all aspects of the war years:

FREEDOM
Emancipation, Secession and constitutional theory, and other topics.

SACRIFICE
Home front issues, Confederate soldiers, United States Colored Troops, Women's issues, Unionists, and other topics.

MEMORY
The "Lost Cause" mythology, Confederate Memorials, Northern concepts of the war, African Americans' struggle to keep their history alive during the "Lost Cause" era, Negro History Week, and other topics.

Commemorative Themes

FREEDOM

Emancipation Proclamation

SACRIFICE

Confederates in Battle at Fort Fisher

MEMORY

Bentonville Battlefield - Goldsboro Rifles Monument - 1893