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The Magnificent U.S. Arsenal - Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

Sunday, March 11 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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March 11, 2018 marks 153 years since the Union Army, under Gen. William T. Sherman, occupied the city of Fayetteville in the Confederate state of North Carolina. From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, museum volunteers will be dressed in Civil War uniforms and set up a small living history area where visitors can interact with these re-enactors and learn about a soldier’s life and his equipment. Arsenal Tour guide, and museum volunteer, Angel Garcia, will present a talk called, The Magnificent U.S. Arsenal at 2:00 pm in the museum's multi-purpose room. After leaving Savanah and embarking on a campaign of total war through the Carolinas, General William T. Sherman divided his army into wings. General Henry Slocum commanded the left wing, while General Oliver Howard commanded the right as they simultaneously targeted different objectives. Although the encounters of just one wing were devastating for the towns they visited, they shared a purpose where the very fabric of life was shifted beyond any comprehensible measure of today. Garcia will divulge more about this in his talk. It was in Fayetteville that those wings converged as part of a comprehensive human experience of a war at home through the stories of those that witnessed the destruction of the "Magnificent United States Arsenal." Garcia’s retelling of events will bring new life to the old ruins that now lay dormant in Arsenal Park.


(910) 500-4240

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