DURHAM, N.C. — "The answer to how North Carolina soldiers came to be known as the Tar Heels lies in an upcoming Civil War re-enactment.
Visitors to Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham this weekend can find out the solution. Activities on Saturday and Sunday will include cooking and musket firings.
There are also demonstrations on the unique style of equipment and uniforms made by the state’s thriving textile industry.
More than 125,000 Tar Heels served in the Confederate Army, more than any other state. During the war, more than 32,000 North Carolina soldiers died."