NC historian uses Twitter to show Civil War life

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A historian with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is telling the story of the Civil War, 140 characters at a time.

LeRae Umfleet is using a Twitter account to tell the story of North Carolina civilians during the war, using their words to describe the struggle. Umfleet is starting with passages from 1861, and will continue through the 150th anniversary of the conflict.

A blog that goes along with the account contains the full citation for each message. One recent tweet quotes a North Carolina woman complaining that her sister is a staunch supporter of the Union.

Umfleet says the concise messages of Twitter are a good way to help modern audiences understand the effects of the war on civilians.

Her account is http://twitter.com/civilianwartime.

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