Fayetteville Area Steeped in
Civil War History

September 6, 2016
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum

From the time North Carolina seceded from the Union to the invasion of Fayetteville by Sherman’s troops, Cumberland County remained steadfastly loyal to the Confederate cause. To fully grasp the unique role this county played in the American Civil War, visitors should acquaint themselves with a few key historic sites. Assisting with this, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has compiled the Civil War Trail—a tourist tool that details a total of 28 must-see historic sites and markers, to include the following:

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Armory and Museum
At the beginning of the Civil War, several volunteer militias already existed, and one of those was the F.I.L.I. Still an active ceremonial unit, the F.I.L.I. now serves as North Carolina’s official historic military command. Today the F.I.L.I. Armory and Museum, situated in downtown Fayetteville, houses many historic treasures pertaining to the area’s involvement in the Civil War (and much more). Take advantage of a rare opportunity to tour the site during the F.I.L.I. Armory and Museum Open House on October 7.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
The site that brought General Sherman and his troops to Cumberland County is the Fayetteville Arsenal, an antebellum military complex once used to produce arms and ammunition for the Confederate troops. This site was so important to the Confederate war efforts that Sherman’s first objective in North Carolina was to destroy it, and he did just that before leaving the community. Today the Museum of the Cape Fear Complex lies on those historic grounds. While visiting, make sure you also tour the museum, which houses an impressive Civil War exhibit gallery.

Averasboro Battlefield Complex

Averasboro Battlefield Complex

Averasboro Battlefield Complex
A few days after the destruction of the Arsenal, Sherman’s troops faced a final Confederate resistance at Averasboro. Learn more about the outcome of this historic battle by touring the Averasboro Battlefield Complex—to include the museum, battle grounds and Confederate cemetery. Do not leave here without speaking to one of the knowledgeable docents or volunteers, as they enlighten their patrons on Cumberland County’s war-time experiences.

Want to explore more pertaining to the area’s fascinating Civil War history? Then take a self-guided tour of the many other sites listed on the Civil War Trail. You can also discover other historic events and happenings planned all year-long in Cumberland County on the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.

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