- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Civil War encampment on the State Capitol lawn will recall the day about 150 years ago when 75,000 Union troops rode into Raleigh and camped in the city.

The encampment and character re-enactments will take place Saturday and recall the occupation by the troops of Union Gen. William T. Sherman. The occupation occurred days before the largest surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place in Durham, which included almost 90 Confederate troops from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

Site manager Terra Schramm says the character re-enactments are based on diaries, personal letters and period accounts.

Guides will lead tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. All tours begin outside the west doors of the Capitol.

Reservations are recommended for tours.

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Call 919-733-4994 for reservations.


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