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North Carolina in the Civil War (Civil War Series) Paperback – August 4, 2011
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"One of the newest offerings is North Carolina in the Civil War by Michael C. Hardy, a Tar Heel historian and author of more than 30 books and articles on the Civil War and North Carolina. Hardy's prodigious output led the North Carolina Society of Historians to honor him as Historian of the Year in 2010.
North Carolina in the Civil War is a welcome addition if for no other reason than the state's role in the great conflict has generally been underplayed by historians. It has been overlooked despite the fact that the Tar Heel State contributed more soldiers per capita than any other Southern state, Wilmington was the Confederacy's most important seaport and arguably its most important city by late 1864, and Fort Fisher witnessed the two largest naval bombardments of the war." --Civil War News
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Michael Hardy is a historian and author, who has written an array of articles, blog posts and over 17 books including Civil War Charlotte, North Carolina in the Civil War and A Short History of Watauga County. Hardy was awarded the 2010 Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians.
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His most recent book is a brief introduction to the the state of North Carolina and it's contributions to the Civil War. In normal fashion for The History Press this is a brief book and on this subject I am sure that Mr. Hardy could write volumes. In fact he has. Check his website.
In a fast paced 151 pages of text we have nine chapters. The first five deal with the years 1861-1865 each year being a chapter to itself. Chapter six is titled "Tar Heels to the Front" and covers the actions of various regiments in different battles and theaters of the war. This chapter is really a brief gloss over and serves as an excellent introduction for those wishing to study the contributions of NC troops in the war. A chapter on Reconstruction follows. The final two chapters are my favorites, possibly because of my interest in the subjects covered. Chapter eight is titled "Remembrance" and deals with the formation and goals of organizations such as the Ladies Memorial Associations, the various veterans groups that eventually became the United Confederate Veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic, and also the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The concluding chapter deals with various historical locations in the state. As Mr. Hardy points out in his closing sentence: "We can learn much about the most tumultuous period of North Carolina's history by visiting the sites associated with the time period..." (page 151).
This is a book that is quick to read and that is helped along with many b/w photos and illustrations of the main participants. There is no map and the lack of foot or end notes was bothersome at times. I'm one of those who does occasionally check them. That said many of the titles from The History Press do not have these due to space constraints. There is however a nice selected bibliography for those wanting further reading or researching ideas.
Recommended highly for high schoolers and up who are interested in learning about the state of North Carolina and the contributions of it's citizens to the Confederacy. This is a great introductory work that anybody with an interest in the Civil War should consider reading!