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For Civil War Buffs

Salisbury is one of many towns and cities on the North Carolina Civil War Trails. Four highway trails and three themed trails guide you from the mountains to the coast through towns visited by General George Stoneman, battlefields where General Sherman made his mark and sites where African-Americans began their trek to freedom. Brochures are available at the Visitors Center.

Salisbury and Rowan County was once the site of a Confederate Prison that housed thousands of Union prisoners. The Salisbury National Cemetery, dedicated in 1874, is the burial site for 11,700 Union soldiers who died at this Confederate Prison. It contains three monuments erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Maine and the U.S. Government, to honor the men.

Dr. Josephus Hall House, built in 1820, is an impressive house museum that was once home to Dr. Josephus Hall, Chief Surgeon at the Salisbury Confederate Prison. The house is open to the public for guided tours conducted in period costumes. Additions have given the house Greek Revival and Victorian features. The interior boasts painted ceilings, original fixtures and an impressive collection of mid-Victorian furnishings and accessories belonging to the Hall family.

The Old Rowan County Courthouse constructed in 1856 served as the county's legal center until 1914. Legend has it that the courthouse was spared from the torch of General Stoneman to please fellow Masons.

The Confederate Monument that stands majestically near the center of downtown Salisbury was commissioned by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was dedicated on May 10, 1909. It memorializes the 2,500 Confederate Soldiers from Rowan County.

Governor Ellis home at 200 S. Ellis Street was the home of John Willis Ellis, known as North Carolina's Secession Governor. He lived with his widowed sister, Elizabeth Ellis Pearson, in the house she had built in 1850. He was governor from 1860 to 1862 when he died in office.

A must see for any Civil War buff is the History Room at the Rowan Public Library at 201 W. Fisher Street. This genealogical research facility is housed on the third floor of the library. Since Rowan County's records have never been destroyed, the History Room has records dating to the formation of the County in 1753.

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