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ExploreNC: July is Military History Month

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This July, the Government and Heritage Library is highlighting North Carolina’s military history at ExploreNC, and we’ve updated the Military History page to include links to many new resources, including information about the state’s early military conflicts. 

Check it out here: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/themes/june.html.

ExploreNC: Military History (July)

As one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina’s military history is deep, rich, and complex—and some of the battles fought in the early days of the colonies and the United States took place on her soil. Small but intense conflicts occurred in the colony’s early history, as rival factions, both native and colonial, vied with each other for space and control of the land. North Carolina was one of the last states to join the Confederacy, and it is during this time that the phrase “Tar Heels” gained popularity. You might still hear some old timers quote Walter Clark about the Tar Heels: “First at Bethel.  Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga. Last at Appomattox.” Eighty years later, as World War II raged, the first class of African Americans to serve in the US Marine Corps began their training at the segregated Montford Point Base adjacent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Today, North Carolina’s land, sea, and airspace help to train many of the soldiers and sailors currently on active duty around the world. So, as we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence, take a few moments to learn a little more about the impact of North Carolina on our country’s military history.  read more . . .

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