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To understand the long march of events in North Carolina from secession to surrender is to understand the entire Civil War--a personal war waged by Confederates and Unionists, free blacks and the enslaved, farm women and plantation belles, Cherokees and mountaineers, conscripts and volunteers, gentleman officers and poor privates. In the state's complex loyalties, its sprawling and diverse geography, and its dual role as a home front and a battlefield, North Carolina embodies the essence of the whole epic struggle in all its terrible glory.

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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
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  1. January 1865
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  1. Chapter 1: The Pageant and the Glory: Parading Off to War
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. Chapter 2: A House Divided: Dr. Bellamy’s Mansion
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. Chapter 3: Unflinching Leader
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. Chapter 4: River Runaways
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. Chapter 5: Glory Bound
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. Chapter 6: The New National Pastime at War
  2. pp. 34-38
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  1. Chapter 7: The “Dark Hole” at Salisbury
  2. pp. 39-44
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  1. Chapter 8: The Heroes of America Rise for the Union
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. Chapter 9: First Do No Harm: The Apprenticeship of a Surgeon
  2. pp. 51-63
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  1. Chapter 10: The Battle of the Bands
  2. pp. 64-70
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  1. Chapter 11: Banjos and Ballads: A War of Songs
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. Chapter 12: The Women’s War
  2. pp. 79-85
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  1. Chapter 13: Atrocity at Shelton Laurel
  2. pp. 86-91
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  1. Chapter 14: Little Will Thomas and the Cherokee Legion: A Love Story
  2. pp. 92-104
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  1. Chapter 15: The Burden of War
  2. pp. 105-111
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  1. Chapter 16: Abraham Galloway: From Cartridge Box to Ballot Box
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. Chapter 17: Indivisible: The Siamese Sons Go to War
  2. pp. 119-127
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  1. Chapter 18: The Stockard Family’s War
  2. pp. 128-134
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  1. Chapter 19: Onward Christian Soldiers
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. Chapter 20: Ministering Angel: A Chaplain among the Troops
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. Chapter 21: Dear My Beloved
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Chapter 22: From Slave to Free Warrior
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. Chapter 23: The Gray Ghost: A Rebel on the High Seas
  2. pp. 160-167
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  1. Chapter 24: Rose of the Rebellion
  2. pp. 168-175
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  1. Chapter 25: Ironclad Men
  2. pp. 176-182
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  1. Chapter 26: Writing the War
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Chapter 27: Occupying Army
  2. pp. 191-197
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  1. Chapter 28: A Merciful Reprieve at Poplar Grove
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. Chapter 29: The Iron Lifeline
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. Chapter 30: Gettysburg: North Carolina’s Darkest Hour
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. Chapter 31: The Scholar-Warrior
  2. pp. 218-225
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  1. Chapter 32: The Afterlives of the Dead
  2. pp. 226-232
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  1. Chapter 33: Caught between Blue and Gray
  2. pp. 233-244
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  1. Chapter 34: Wild’s African Legion
  2. pp. 245-250
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  1. Chapter 35: Sisters of Mercy
  2. pp. 251-257
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  1. Chapter 36: The Crater
  2. pp. 258-265
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  1. Chapter 37: Deserters and Outliers
  2. pp. 266-271
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  1. Chapter 38: The Last Hurrah of the Slavers
  2. pp. 272-277
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  1. Chapter 39: Confederate Gibraltar
  2. pp. 278-291
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  1. Chapter 40: Wilmington Falls
  2. pp. 292-297
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  1. Chapter 41: Sherman’s Final March
  2. pp. 298-305
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  1. Chapter 42: Johnston’s Last Stand
  2. pp. 306-312
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  1. Chapter 43: The Great Surrender
  2. pp. 313-322
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 323-327
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 328-330
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  1. Selected Sources
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649580
Related ISBN
9781469649566
MARC Record
OCLC
1084655205
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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