FAYETTEVILLE—The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center will present the movie Our War and provide an update on the archaeological progress at Arsenal Park at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Highland Presbyterian Church, 111 Highland Avenue.
After the movie, there will be an opportunity to ask the filmmakers questions and to discuss the film’s content.
Our War is set in North Carolina in 1861, as the American Civil War begins to rage. It depicts the story of a family from a small farm who are shocked when the eldest son leaves home to enlist in the Union army, choosing to fight against the Confederacy. As war erupts over the next four years, that decision will change him and his family in ways they could not possibly imagine, setting the stage for a dramatic, and possibly deadly, reunion.
Our War, written and directed by J.D. Mayo, with co-writer and producer Steven Hancock, was filmed entirely in Stoneville, NC and Walnut Cove, NC. The film represents the point of view of ordinary citizen filmmakers and illustrates what happened in many areas of NC, especially in the western end of the state. All the cast and crew members are from Virginia and North Carolina. This presentation demonstrates the Center’s emphasis on gathering stories of North Carolinians who lived during the Civil War, either oral or documented histories or, as in this case, filmmakers’ visions based on historical research.
New South Associates, an archaeological firm, will provide an update on the archaeological progress that will center on preliminary interpretations on what has been found thus far on the Arsenal Park site, which was destroyed by Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1865. An archaeological dig will take place this summer between July 19 and Aug. 3.
The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center will be located at the site of the remains of the Fayetteville Arsenal, which was held by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. Using current interpretive technologies and anticipating trends that will be available at the time of its completion, the NCCWRHC planning committee envisions a state-of-the-art institution that embraces a historic site with a digital dimension that extends its reach across North Carolina.
The NCCWRHC continues to gather oral histories of people, places, and events, told and retold from one generation to another about what the state was like before, during, and after the Civil War. These stories about the North Carolinian women, men, and children—farmers, business owners, Native Americans, African-Americans, the free and enslaved, and persons of all faiths—who lived during the mid-to-late nineteenth century are sought from anyone with a tale to share.