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The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina

Philip Gerard


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 ev ... More

Keywords: Civil War, North Carolina, Sherman’s Final March, Surrender at Bennitt Place, Fort Fisher, Battle of Bentonville, slavery, Salisbury Prison, blockade running, United States Colored Troops (USCT)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649566
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Gerard, author
University of North Carolina Wilmington

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