Civil War 150


“Civil War 150”, drawing upon letters, personal accounts and images, invites Americans to understand how soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families struggled to address the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

The CPCC Library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. See below for a list of scheduled events.

Dates: November 5-25, 2013
Hours: Open during regular library hours
Location: Central Piedmont Community College
Central Campus Library, 2nd Floor Atrium
1201 Elizabeth Ave. (Map)
Charlotte, NC 28235

Free, public parking is available in the Visitor Parking Lot, accessible from Pease Lane on CPCC's Central Campus. Please see the Central Campus Map for additional parking information.


For more information, contact Brian Sexton.


Exhibit Description

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception
November 5, 2013 11:00am-12:30pm LRC 2nd Floor Atrium

Film: Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
November 7, 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm LRC 404

The Art of War: South Meets North
November 13, 2013 11:00am-12:30pm LRC 2nd Floor Atrium

The Role of Blacks in the Civil War
November 19, 2013 11:0am-12:30pm LRC 2nd Floor Atrium

Film: Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War
November 21, 2013 1:00-3:00pm LRC 404

Civil War 150 Reading and Discussion Guides

Faculty and staff may receive professional development credit for all events, except for films.


Exhibit Sections

For an online version of this exhibit, visit

Civil War 150 - The Nation Divides

1861: The Union is Dissolved

This Cruel War


1863: Turning Points

The Price of Victory (1864 - 1865)

Opening Reception - Dr. Tony Zeiss and Loyd Dillon

November 5, 2013  11:00am
Central Campus Library (map)
2nd Floor Atrium


Dr. Tony Zeiss (pictured above, left) will provide a general introduction to the exhibit. Dr. Zeiss became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College in 1992. During his tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and has become recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development. Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the Civil War. His most recent publications include four books on creating high performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk, and a novel on the Revolutionary War.

Loyd Dillon (pictured above, right), FIDS is a CQRID Board certified interior designer, an elected Fellow of The interior Design Society and a past NATIONAL President of that organization who is also a part-time CPCC faculty member in the Interior Design Department. His book collection has been featured in newspapers, magazines, in a Mint Museum exhibit and on NPR. At the invitation of UNCC, Loyd delivered their 12th Annual Julian Mason Lecture on Rare Books and Book Collecting. His interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War began at an early age, partly because he shares Abe's February 12 birthday.

Film: Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

November 7, 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm
Central Campus Library (map)
LRC 404

This is the compelling story of William Still, one of the most unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad, and details the accounts of black abolitionists who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada..

Free popcorn will be available.

The Art of War: South Meets North

November 13, 2013 11:00am-12:30pm
Central Campus Library (map)
2nd Floor Atrium

The Art of War: South Meets North will be a panel discussion between Ron Cox and Michael Hardy and moderated by CPCC history instructor, Eileen Woodward.

Dr. Ron Cox (pictured above, left) is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. In addition to his duties as a professor, Ron also serves as associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Ron regularly teaches a wide variety of history courses, including ones on the Civil War and the Old South. He has contributed essays to several different history texts and has been published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine.

Michael C. Hardy (pictured above, right) is an award-winning author and historian. Among his many honors, he was recognized as North Carolina Historian of the Year in 2010 and has been an eight-time recipient of the North Carolina Society of Historians' Willie Parker Peace History Book Award. He has acted as a historical consultant on many projects, including working with New York Times best-selling author, Sharyn McCrumb. He is a member of numerous national organizations, including the Civil War Trust, The Society of Civil War Historians, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The Role of Blacks in the Civil War - Michelle Lanier

November 19, 2013 11:00am
Central Campus Library (map)
2nd Floor Atrium


As Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and Curator of Multicultural Initiatives with North Carolina's State Historic Sites, Michelle Lanier uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around the state's rich cultural resources. She also brings the ethical issues of public history and documentary work into the classroom, as an instructor since 2000 with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

Michelle's work with Gullah communities, begun at Spelman College and completed through UNC-Chapel Hill's Curriculum in Folklore, paved the way for her to become one of North Carolina’s liasions to the federal, Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

She also serves as a member of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources “Civil War 150” Committee. Michelle is currently involved in the powerful work of engaging communities towards envisioning the future of African American heritage in the state of North Carolina.

Film: Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

November 21, 2013 1:00pm-3:00pm
Central Campus Library (map)
LRC 404

At the outset of the American Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, an educated Cuban born teenager, fought as an officer in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy. She chafed against the gender and race restrictions of her time, and her 1876 memoir, A Woman in Battle, caused a sensation.

Free popcorn will be available.