2015 Annual Meeting and Symposium

Climactic Year, 1865: War North Carolina

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
Saturday, May 9, 2015, NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC


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Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native born and bred Wilmingtonian. He attended local schools, including UNC Wilmington from where he graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology. He was the last curator of the former Blockade Runner Museum at Carolina Beach, N.C., before going off to graduate school. He received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University and his Ph.D. in Civil War studies from the University of South Carolina. Since 1996, Dr. Fonvielle has been teaching in the Department of History at his undergraduate alma mater. He is the author of books and articles on the Civil War and North Carolina, including The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope. He and his wife Nancy live in Wilmington, and have two daughters.


Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky was born and reared in Beaufort, NC.  He is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran of the United States Army.  Wade is the co-author of "No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar" Sherman's Carolinas Campaign: Fayetteville to Averasboro and the author of Final Roll Call: Confederate Losses During the Carolinas Campaign.  An avid historian of the campaign, he is currently writing a full length study of the Battle of Wyse Fork.  Wade serves as Vice President of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield and  currently works for the NCDOT Ferry Division. Wade and his wife Traci reside in Beaufort, NC.





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. His thesis on the Civil War in northeastern North Carolina was published as Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the Civil War.  When he is not serving the citizens of North Carolina as an archivist, Chris enjoys being with his family in Apex.


Dean Harry, a retired Attorney at Law and avid historian, was born in Waynesboro, Virginia in 1951, and lived in Virginia until 1975 when he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.  Educated at Washington and Lee University and the North Carolina Central School of Law, Mr. Harry managed and co-owned a wholesale wine and beer distribution business from 1975-2010, and was a member of the North Carolina State Bar from 1993-2012.  He first became interested in the Civil War during the 1961-1965 Centennial Anniversary.  He began re-enacting with Company D, 27th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, in 1993 and is still active.  Mr. Harry has been a licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania since 2010 and at Bentonville, North Carolina since 2012.  He was a founding Member of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield since, and has served as its President since 2011.


Chris J. Hartley has worked in marketing and communications for several large companies. On the side, he chases the history that has fascinated him since childhood. He has published several articles and is a frequent speaker about the Civil War. His 2010 book on Stoneman’s Raid was selected for the 2011 Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was a finalist for the Ben Franklin Award in History, given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Chris lives in Pfafftown, NC.