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1st Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers [Invitation to a 4th of July celebration sponsored by the Ist Regt. N.C. Union Volunteers]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02254.21 Author/Creator: 1st Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers Place Written: Fort Macon, North Carolina Type: Documents Date: 4 July 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed invitation requesting Renshaw's presence at a 4th of July celebration at Fort Macon. Includes an "Order of Exercise" listing a variety of activities for the day, including music, prayer, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a fireworks performance at "8 1/2 o'clock, PM."

People: Renshaw, Richard T., 1822-1879.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Navy, Union General, Holidays and Celebrations, Fourth of July, Declaration of Independence, Religion, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The American Civil War