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The Spanish American War in North Carolina was a short and distant war, but is placed in a critical time in the history of the state, and the broader United States. Nearly 30 years after the American Civil War, the United States was embroiled in another conflict, the Spanish American War. North Carolina raised three regiments for the war, two white and one black. Almost all were children of veterans of the Civil War, or related to veterans. For whites, it was a time of reconciliation. A burying of the hatchets of the Civil War. However, it was also a time of racial tension, with an effective coup by white supremacists in Wilmington in 1898. These are their stories, in their words.