LUMBERTON — Images from a defining war will soon travel to Lumberton for a month-long exhibition at the Robeson County Public Library.
The Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit, which will depict North Carolina’s role in the Civil War, will be at the library from Aug. 1 to Aug. 29.
“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography,” said Jeffrey Crow, the deputy secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “The Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory exhibit provides images of historic figures, artifacts, and documents that brought the reality of the war from the battlefront to the home front, then and now.”
Images from the state archives, the North Carolina Museum of History and State Historic Sites will be in the exhibit, depicting members of the Confederacy, blacks fighting for freedom and women dedicated to the South.
It will be shown at 50 libraries. Lisa Matthews, the event programmer at the Robeson County Public Library, said she thinks the exhibit will attract all ages.
“A lot of older gentlemen in Robeson County are interested in the Civil War and they probably have family that were in the Civil War,” Matthews said. “… I think the school system will enjoy it as well.”
Among the photos will be photo of a re-enactment from the Battle of Bentonville called “Opposing Lines at Bentonville” that depicts the largest engagement to occur in North Carolina during the Civil War. The Johnston County battle took place over three days in March 1865 and involved more than 80,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. About 4,000 soldiers died during the battle.
Even today, soldiers from Fort Bragg visit the Bentonville battlefield to study the strategies used during this critical assault.