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Clayton to ‘Turn Back the Clock’ for Civil War event

A market commemorating the “Flag of Truce” meeting in Clayton sits next to Town Square, where a “Turn Back the Clock to the 1860s” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11.
A market commemorating the “Flag of Truce” meeting in Clayton sits next to Town Square, where a “Turn Back the Clock to the 1860s” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11. ndunn@newsobserver.com

Clayton will re-live its history later this month during an event commemorating the end of the Civil War 150 years ago.

On April 12, 1865, the town served as the stage for the “Flag of Truce” meeting between Union Gen. William Sherman and former North Carolina governors William Graham and David Swain. In commemoration of that meeting, the town will “Turn Back the Clock to the 1860s” on Town Square April 11.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents can learn more about the “Flag of Truce” meeting, Clayton’s role in the Civil War and local soldiers who served.

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library and the Clayton Historical Association started planning the event last fall to coincide with the sesquicentennial of the war’s end. Pam Baumgartner, the historian in the library’s History Room, said living-history demonstrations will help tell the story of life during the Civil War.

North Carolina author Bryan Avery will show how to produce tar, pitch and turpentine, key materials for the naval-store industry during the 1860s. Author Brenda Chambers McKean will tell stories and show displays about daily life for civilians during the war, while master weaver Nancy Hoffman will demonstrate her craft.

Written, first-hand accounts of the war and daily life will be available for review, as will information on Clayton’s Civil War-era homes and enlisted men.

Baumgartner and Mary Thomas-Compton, of the Historical Association, say they used information from the library’s History Room and findings from their own research to compile displays for the event.

“We wanted to go into a little bit more detail for this,” Baumgartner said.

Area musicians will perform Civil War-era music throughout the day. For children, the event will offer toys and games that were popular in the 1860s.

“We want people to come and learn about their town’s history and know it,” Baumgartner said.

“If we can do something like this every year, we will keep adding to our collection,” she said. “By getting it out there, maybe people will share some things we don’t have.”

Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104

Turn Back the Clock

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the “Flag of Truce” meeting between Union Gen. William Sherman and former North Carolina governors William Graham and David Swain, Clayton will hold a “Turn Back the Clock to the 1860s” event on Town Square on April 11.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents can learn more about the “Flag of Truce” meeting, Clayton’s role in the Civil War and local soldiers who served.

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