North Carolina Military Historical Society
“Climactic Year, 1865: The War in North Carolina”
The annual symposium and general membership meeting of the “North Carolina Military Historical Society” is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Raleigh, in the Long Leaf Pine Room of the North Carolina Museum of History. The symposium is free of charge to any who wish to attend, and no prior registration is required unless you wish to reserve a $5.00 sub-sandwich lunch. Meals will only be available for those who reserve one no later than Monday, May 4th by emailing the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling the Society President at (910) 897-7968. Meals will be payable at registration.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Climactic Year, 1865: The War in North Carolina.” The meeting will last from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and feature five outstanding speakers offering presentations on various events in our State during the climactic year 1865. The ramifications of North Carolina’s participation in the defining American war of the Nineteenth Century continue to shape the history and destiny of the United States to this day.
Though the attention of past historians has focused primarily on events in Virginia in 1865, the battles and other events that took place in North Carolina were of equal, if not superior importance. Our excellent slate of speakers will guide us through selected major events of 1865 in North Carolina and explain their significance.
Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, will guide us through the all-important “Wilmington Campaign.” Colonel Wade Sokolosky, published author and historian, will discuss the oft overlooked “Battle of Wyse Fork.” A presentation on the South’s last best chance to stop General Sherman’s advance, “The Battle of Bentonville,” will be offered by retired attorney and historian Mr. Dean Harry. Following our lunch break, Mr. Chris J. Hartley will present a talk on “Stoneman’s Raid” that tore through mountains and western Piedmont of North Carolina at the end of the war. Closing out the day will be Mr. Chris Meekins of the State Archives who will provide insight into life in “Occupied Raleigh.”
Living historians of the 1861-1865 period will be on hand displaying uniforms, weapons, and accoutrements. They are an invaluable historical resource and will be able to discuss not only the recruitment, training, and fighting tactics of the day, but the life of the common soldier and sailor, as well.
Several potential lunch-time or post-symposium activities are available. Attendees may visit the Capitol Building built in 1840, across the street from the Museum of History; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, adjacent to the Museum; the State Archives a half block to the east of the Museum; or, remain at the Museum and take a self-guided tour of the North Carolina Museum of History’s first floor “Chronology” exhibit containing various military and civilian items, and its permanent North Carolina military history gallery, “A Call to Arms,” located on the 3rd floor.
The Society will sponsor raffles throughout the day for donated items. Funds generated from the sale of raffle tickets help defray the cost of the symposium, publication of the Society’s semi-annual magazine “Recall,” and support the Society’s own “North Carolina Military History Museum” at Kure Beach, North Carolina. Donations for the raffle are greatly appreciated and may include books, magazines, prints, figures, uniforms, artifacts, and like items. If you have items you wish to donate they may be hand-carried to the meeting, or mailed to/dropped off with the North Carolina Military Historical Society, c/o Sion H. Harrington III, 503 South 11th Street, Erwin, North Carolina 28339-2715. Questions regarding potential donation items may be directed to the Society via email at email@example.com, or by calling (910) 897-7968.
Free parking is plentiful and adjacent to the museum.
A meeting of the Society’s Board of Directors will follow the close of the symposium.
The North Carolina Military Historical Society cordially invites you to attend our free symposium and learn about the Civil War in North Carolina in 1865. Mark your calendar and join us for a day of interesting speakers, fascinating information, and good fellowship!
ANNUAL MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM
The North Carolina Military Historical Society
May 9, 2015
Theme: “Climactic Year, 1865: The War in North Carolina”
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m.-9:35 a.m. Welcome and Administrative Announcements
9:35 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Business Meeting: President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report,
Membership Report, Old Business, New Business,
Election of Directors, Adjourn; 1st Raffle
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Dr. Chris Fonvielle, “The Wilmington Campaign” (Professor of History, UNC-Wilmington
10:45 a.m. -11:00 a.m. 2nd Raffle/Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. COL (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, “The Battle of Wyse Fork”, (Historian and Author)
11:45 p.m.-12:00 p.m. 3rd Raffle
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Mr. Dean Harry, “The Battle of Bentonville” (Retired Attorney; Battlefield Guide; and , Historian)
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chris J. Hartley, “Stoneman’s Raid” (Marketing and Communications Professional and Historian)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 4th Raffle Drawing/Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Chris Meekins, “Occupied Raleigh” (Historian and Archivist, NC
Div. of Historical Resources)
3:30 p.m.-3:45 Final Raffle / Closing Remarks.
4:00 p.m.-4:30 Board of Director’s Meeting (Board members only)
- The NC Museum of History military exhibit “A Call to Arms” is open on the Third Floor of the Museum, as well as the new First Floor chronology exhibit containing military items.
- We extend a special welcome to the living historians of the Carolina Living History Guild.
- Feel free to take breaks as needed. Enjoy refreshments in the refreshment area or meeting room, but please do not take them outside of these two areas. Refreshments courtesy of Trudy Conrad.
NCMHS 2015 Symposium Bios.
Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native born and bred Wilmingtonian. He attended local schools, including UNC Wilmington from where he graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology. He was the last curator of the former Blockade Runner Museum at Carolina Beach, N.C., before going off to graduate school. He received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University and his Ph.D. in Civil War studies from the University of South Carolina. Since 1996, Dr. Fonvielle has been teaching in the Department of History at his undergraduate alma mater. He is the author of books and articles on the Civil War and North Carolina, including The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope. He and his wife Nancy live in Wilmington, and have two daughters.
Mr. Chris Meekins
Native North Carolinian Chris Meekins grew up in Elizabeth City. He developed an interest in history while visiting historic places in the region. Chris’ interest in the Civil War grew out of his academic studies. His thesis on the Civil War in northeastern North Carolina was published as Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the Civil War. When he is not serving the citizens of North Carolina as an archivist, Chris enjoys being with his family in Apex.
Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky was born and reared in Beaufort, NC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran of the United States Army. Wade is the co-author of “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar” Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign: Fayetteville to Averasboro and the author of Final Roll Call: Confederate Losses During the Carolinas Campaign. An avid historian of the campaign, he is currently writing a full length study of the Battle of Wyse Fork. Wade serves as Vice President of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield and currently works for the NCDOT Ferry Division. Wade and his wife Traci reside in Beaufort, NC.
Dean Harry, a retired Attorney at Law and avid historian, was born in Waynesboro, Virginia in 1951, and lived in Virginia until 1975 when he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Educated at Washington and Lee University and the North Carolina Central School of Law, Mr. Harry managed and co-owned a wholesale wine and beer distribution business from 1975-2010, and was a member of the North Carolina State Bar from 1993-2012.
He first became interested in the Civil War during the 1961-1965 Centennial Anniversary. He began re-enacting with Company D, 27th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, in 1993 and is still active. Mr. Harry has been a licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania since 2010 and at Bentonville, North Carolina since 2012.
He was a founding Member of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield since, and has served as its President since 2011.
Chris J. Hartley has worked in marketing and communications for several large companies. On the side, he chases the history that has fascinated him since childhood. He has published several articles and is a frequent speaker about the Civil War. His 2010 book on Stoneman’s Raid was selected for the 2011 Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was a finalist for the Ben Franklin Award in History, given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Chris lives in Pfafftown, NC.