The Clayton Historical Association will dedicate the newly installed Civil War Trails Marker, part of the state-wide North Carolina Civil War Trails, at 10am on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Clayton Town Square.
The marker commemorates Governor Vance’s surrender of Raleigh to Sherman’s forces in April of 1865. This surrender took place in Clayton and spared the Capitol from destruction.The dedication will occur at the Clayton Town Square in historic downtown Clayton, NC.
The Civil War re-enactor regiment band of the 11th N.C. Troops will highlight the entertainment of the ceremony by dressing in period uniforms and playing authentic music with reproduction instruments from the period. In addition to the Civil War re-enactor band, there are several re-enactor groups who plan on participating in the event. There will also be state and local officials on hand to commemorate this important milestone in preserving and interpreting Clayton history.
The Clayton Historical Association, will also present the fragments of the last Confederate flag to fly over the State Capitol to the State Capitol Foundation.
Local partners in planning and funding Clayton’s Civil War Trail Marker include the Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau and the Town of Clayton.