2012 Annual Meeting and Symposium

 North Carolina and the Civil War

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
May 12, 2012,  NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC


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 2012 AGENDA

Ken Simpson is a native of Ahoskie and grew up in Tarboro. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees at East Carolina University. In 1979 he joined the Office of Archives and History where his services have ranged from editor to archivist. Ken has written a number of archival research guides. Since 2011 he has served as the Military Collection Archivist for the Office of Archives and History. Confederate Major General William Dorsey Pender has been one of Ken’s favorite research topics. He is married with two children and his wife is also an archivist with the Office of Archives and History.


North Carolina native Chris Meekins developed an interest in history from visiting places of historic interest in and around his hometown of Elizabeth City. His curiosity concerning the Civil War era grew out of class work in his undergraduate degree and continued in his graduate studies. North Carolina has a rich Civil War history and Chris was drawn to the story of the Unionists and the Federal occupation of the coast of North Carolina. The story grew in significance when Chris discovered he had two Civil War soldiers for ancestors: one who fought with the Edenton Bell Battery and was in North Carolina as a soldier until the surrender at Bennett Place; the other who joined the North Carolina Union Volunteers and was captured at Beech Grove, North Carolina and died in a prisoner of war camp/ hospital in Richmond, Virginia.


Jeff Bockert currently serves as the Associate Curator of Education for the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites based in Kinston, N.C. and as Vice-Chairman of the North Carolina Civil War Tourism Council.  Bockert has worked in the historic site and museum field for almost twenty years. Prior to arriving in Kinston, Bockert served as the Civil War Specialist for N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Bockert’s previous work experience includes manager of the President James K. Polk Birthplace, Associate Curator on the Battleship North Carolina and work at the National Archives in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a history instructor at Brunswick Community College and Wingate University.  He is the author of several works on presidential and military history and has been published in works such as White House Studies and Public Historian.  Bockert received both his undergraduate degree in American History and his master’s degree in European History from UNC-Wilmington.


Josh Howard is a Revolutionary War specialist and co-author, along with Dr. Lawrence E. Babits of East Carolina University, of Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War and Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781.  The latter work was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Book Award by the United States Army Historical Foundation.  He is currently a research historian at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.











Colonel Isaac E. Avery, 6th Regiment North Carolina State Troops. Colonel Avery was killed in action

the evening of July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg.




Note written by Colonel Isaac. E. Avery as he lay dying on the field of battle at Gettysburg.

"Major tell my father I died with my face to the enemy."