It is the first concise, well-illustrated history of North Carolina in the Civil War in over thirty years.
The first half of this brand-new book is devoted to what happened within the Tar Heel state in the tumultuous years between 1861 and 1865. North Carolina in the Civil War looks at the military campaigns within the state, from the capture of Fort Hatteras in 1861 to Stoneman's Raid in March and April 1865. The political realm is covered, along with the socio-economic conditions of the state during those years. But North Carolina in the Civil War goes even further. There is a chapter that examines Tar Heel regiments in the battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee, including Big Bethel Church in June 1861, Gettysburg in July 1863, Chickamauga in September 1863, and Appomattox in April 1865. There is also a chapter that covers the Reconstruction time period, analyzing the politics and subsequent violence of the era. Following that is a chapter on the remembrance process, from the reburial of the war dead, to the process of building monuments and holding reunions. Lastly there is a brief look at important Civil War-related sites in North Carolina. Though accessible for those just starting to learn about the state's role in our nation's great conflict, the book will also prove valuable to readers at every level of interest. Even those with a strong background in North Carolina's history will find this fresh volume useful and engaging.