Civil War

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we speak with historian and Civil War re-enactor Phillip Brown who is retracing the steps of Confederate Navy Sailor Washington Duke.  Duke was a tobacco farmer when he was joined the Confederate army in 1863 or early 1864, due to a shortage of troops.  He was captured by Union Forces and imprisoned in Richmond, Virginia.  Eventually, he was shipped to New Bern.  When the war ended, Duke was released and he walked 135 miles back to his home in Durham, because he didn’t have money or transportation.

NC Civil War History Center

We profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.

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This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music.  Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, a local non-profit in Greenville is using horses to treat people with physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.  And, the latest attempt to survey the Neuse River for remnants of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse was scuttled this week. What archeologists hope to find when they FINALLY get on the water.  Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

www.civilwartrails.org

In the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added.  We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.

  April is National Poetry Month and this week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with North Carolina’s poet laureate Joseph Bathanti.  And, in the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added.  We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

We hear the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.

Officials are now in the process of deciding the best way to facilitate construction of a new bypass on Highway 70 in Lenoir County with the least amount of impact to a historic Civil War battleground site.  Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughtry is also chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee.  He says the highway project is intended to make travel to the coast quicker, and transport of goods across the state easier.

  This week on the Down East Journal, the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.  Plus, its muscadine grape time in eastern North Carolina.  Learn how you can grow this native fruit in your own backyard during the Garden Journal.   And, new music drawn from the old-time tradition out of Carrboro from the duo Mandolin Orange and their latest CD.  Listen for those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.