Civil War Symposium

 City of Raleigh Museum

150th Civil War Commemoration Events

museumSymposium – The New Old War: New Perspectives on the Civil War

April 11, 2015

Since the guns of the Civil War fell silent in 1865, America has struggled to make since of the turbulent experience. As the 150th anniversary commemoration ends how has our understanding of the war changed? How will the next generation interpret the war’s causes and aftermath. The City of Raleigh Museum hosts a day of speakers exploring the future of  Civil War history through the eyes of historians, artists, and museum professionals.


9 am – Welcome


 9:10 – Dr. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina 

 William Fitzhugh Brundage is an American historian, and William B. Umstead Professor of History, at University of North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Chicago, and from Harvard University with an MA and Ph.D, in 1988.           His general research interests are American history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on the American South. He has written on lynching and on utopian socialism in the New South. His current research is on white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War.


lee10:10 – Dr. Susanna Lee, North Carolina State University

Susanna Lee is associate professor and director of graduate programs in the History Department at North Carolina State University. She has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. Lee specializes in nineteenth-century United States history. Her book, Claiming the Union, examines loyal citizenship in the post-Civil War South. She is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on the Dakota War of 1862 and another civilians in central Virginia during the Civil War. Lee also works in digital humanities: she served as a project manager of the Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War at the Virginia Center for Digital History.


Zelda-Lockhart11:10 – Zelda Lockhart, Author and Poet

Zelda Lockhart is Director of LaVenson Press Studios and author of the novel Fifth Born, which was a 2002 Barnes & Noble Discovery selection and won a finalist award for debut fiction from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Foundation. Ms. Lockhart holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Norfolk State University, a Master’s in English from Old Dominion University, and a certificate in writing, directing and editing film from the New York Film Academy. Ms. Lockhart held the honor of the 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature in her region of North Carolina. Lockhart’s second novel, Cold Running Creek is a work of historical fiction that  of three generations of women of both Native American and African decent who struggle to be free before and after the  Civil War.

12- 1 Break for Lunch

warren milteer1:00 pm –  Dr. Warren E. Milteer Jr., Virginia Tech

Warren E. Milteer Jr. is an assistant professor in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Milteer’s research focuses on free people of color in North Carolina from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Milteer received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His publications include articles in the North Carolina Historical Review and the Journal of Social History.


dollar2:00 pm – Ernest Dollar, Director, COR Museum

Ernest Dollar began working in historic sites in 1993 after completing his B.A. in History and B.F.A. in Design from U.N.C. Greensboro. Ernest has worked in several historic parks in both North and South Carolina. In 2006, he completed his M.A. in Public History from N.C. State and has served as the Executive Director of the Orange County Historical Museum, Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, and the City of Raleigh Museum since 2012.



haj3:00 p.m. – Robert L. Hodge, Historian and filmmaker

Robert Lee Hodge is preservationist, filmmaker, living historian, and writer.  But it was the 1998 book Confederate in the Attic by Tony Horwitz that he became a household name. Since then he has been  featured on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, NBC’s Late, Late Show, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the PBS program Going Places, C-SPAN II. He serves on the board of directors of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. Rob has also written for The Nashville Tennessean, America’s Civil War magazine, The Washington Post, and North and South magazine. Currently Hodge is blogging on the Civil War for The Washington Post.


The event is sponsored in part by the Friends of the COR Museum, Raleigh Civil War Roundtable, and Hampton Inn Suites of Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public.


Exhibit – Eyewitness to War

April 1-30

eyewitnessIn addition, during the month of April, the COR Museum will be hosting an exhibit entitled, Eyewitness to War, which tells the story of the end of the Civil War in Raleigh through the words of those who experienced it.






Event – Walking Tour

April 13

150th Surrender of Raleigh Walking Tour – 8 am, COR Museum

Follow in the footsteps of Union cavalry as the capture Raleigh on the morning of April 13, 1865 . This walking tour follows the timeline to the minute 150 years after they happened. COR Museum Director Ernest Dollar will lead the tour and explore the war’s finale in Raleigh and  Fayetteville Street’s rich history. This tour is free and open to the public.