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Digital Collections: War of 1812 Pay Vouchers

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image of a pay voucher for John Wilson filed in the State Archives of North Carolina

Image: “Pay Voucher, John Wilson” State Archives of North Carolina

Many people research the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, but the War of 1812 doesn’t seem to get as much attention. North Carolina didn’t have as big of a role in the War of 1812 as some other states did, but there were still plenty of soldiers who fought from NC. In conjunction with the State Archives of North Carolina, the Government and Heritage Library has a digital collection for pay vouchers from the War of 1812.


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:

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 . . .

2nd Annual Family History Fair: Full List of Exhibitors

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2nd Annual Family History Fair Exhibitors

Confirmed vendors as of October 22, 2013

The War of 1812

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

18121The U.S. Navy Pictorial History of the War of 1812, by Don Philpott. To commemorate the recent bicentennial, this book combines fresh historical narrative with more than one hundred dramatic illustrations which focus on the War of 1812’s naval battles, its most important and influential conflicts. Most from the U.S. Navy archives, the illustrations are official works and and include depictions showing naval vessels along with historic individuals and battle scenes.




18122The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812, by Troy Bickham. Presenting new historical information in a global context, the author commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812  transforming our understanding of this “forgotten” yet pivotal war.






Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

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