376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 27 halftones, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4957-3
Published: February 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4956-6
Published: March 2019
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6611-2
Published: August 2021
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Philip Gerard presents this dramatic convergence of events through the stories of the individuals who endured them--reporting the war as if it were happening in the present rather than with settled hindsight--to capture the dreadful suspense of lives caught up in a conflict whose ending had not yet been written. As Gerard reveals, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.
About the Author
Philip Gerard is professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His previous books include Down the Wild Cape Fear.
For more information about Philip Gerard, visit the Author Page.
"Gerard's scholarship is remarkably sound. . . . His modus operandi is to bring events to the reader through the eyes of the participants. This narrative strategy allows Gerard to give a sense of personal immediacy to events that otherwise might be lost in a litany of names, numbers, dates, and places."--Civil War Times
“Philip Gerard has done a first-class job of relating North Carolina’s rich Civil War history, not only in accurate reporting of events but also in marvelous story-telling. No reader will come away from a perusal of this book without being impressed by its lively style and its immediacy.”--The Journal of America’s Military Past
“A refreshing look at the people and places impacted by the war in North Carolina. . . . Gerard’s account of North Carolina’s role in the war is deeply personalized.”--Choice Reviews
“Covers a wide range of topics from the most obscure private soldier’s story and the plight of women, children, and minorities, to the great battles fought on North Carolina soil . . . . a lively and enjoyable read.”--H-Net Reviews
“[Gerard's] smooth, novelistic style should open this material to many readers who thought they didn’t like history.”--Wilmington Star News
“As Gerard reveals, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.”--McCormick Messenger