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This NC Voices series examined how the Civil War affects people in North Carolina 150 years after the start of the war. We looked at the legacy of the war and how we remember it and how it shapes our identity as Southerners.North Carolina Voices: Civil WarThe series included a series of reports during Morning Edition and a series of discussions on The State of Things. The series aired the weeks of June 13th and June 20th, 2011.Additionally, as part of the series: short “family stories" to placed throughout the program schedule those weeks. Those included personal stories of the war handed down through families or historians answering listener questions.

The Civil War Ended In Durham

Historian and Civil War reenactor Philip Brown.
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April 9, 1865 is widely known as the day the American Civil War ended.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee handed his sword over to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Va.

But 89,000 of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's men were still scattered across the South, willing and able to continue fighting the North. 

Skirmishes broke out in present-day Morrisville, N.C., before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, prompting a truce between Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman. They negotiated the surrender of Johnston's men at a farmhouse called Bennett Place in Durham.

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Craig Braswell, as Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and John Guss, as Gen. William T. Sherman at Bennett Place in Durham.

Host Frank Stasio talks with John Guss, site director of Bennett Place State Historic Site; Ernest Dollar, director of the Raleigh City Museum; and historian Philip Brown about the war's largest surrender.

Bennett Place is hosting a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the surrender through April 26, exactly 150 years after both generals approved the terms.

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