The building is virtually unaltered from its Civil War era appearance. Completed in 1840, the capitol's house chamber was the site of the 1861 Secession Convention, and the building served several sessions of the Confederate legislature. The capitol was occupied by staff officers of Sherman's army from April to May 1865 and was peacefully surrendered. The capitol's dome was the site of one of the last U.S. Army signal stations. The legislative chambers contain the original 1840 desks and chairs.
Durham, North Carolina | Once the home of James and Nancy Bennitt (or Bennett), this 189 acre Piedmont North Carolina farm became the location of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War.