With the arrival of the spring of 1861 and the Civil War, North Carolina’s history changed. So too did the stories of her people – soldiers, slaves, and families – as lives were forever changed by the war and its aftermath.

Our State‘s popular series, “The Civil War in North Carolina,” continues to tell those everyday stories in the pages of the magazine. Now, we’re inviting our readers share their personal family stories from the Civil War by submitting those to “North Carolina Stories of the Civil War: An Online Collection.” View submitted stories here.

Passed down through the generations either in written form or oral histories, your family stories can shed additional light on how this time in our nation’s history affected North Carolinians and the nation. Submit your story today. This collection is presented by Visit Kinston.

Story ideas:

  • Did a member of your family serve in a particular battle?
  • Did your family have to relocate as a result of the war?
  • Are there artifacts that you have from that era that have been passed down through the generations?
  • Was your family split between allegiance to the North and allegiance to the South.
  • How did the war change your family’s story?

About the Online Collection

Stories will be collected at OurState.com through May 31 and will only be featured in this online collection. Entries are limited to 500 words and will only be edited for clarity as needed. All stories appearing here will include the name of the person submitting. Stories will be posted on this page once received and reviewed. Depending on the number of submissions, stories may be categorized into similar themes or topics as needed. Our State reserves the right to refrain from posting stories that contain inappropriate language or content.

About the Sponsor

This online collection is presented by Visit Kinston. Kinston, North Carolina, located in Lenoir County is a historic city with an intriguing past, a vibrant present, and an exciting future. Visit Kinston soon, and let us captivate you with our “Southern charm.” Click visitkinston.com to learn more.

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