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The Last BattlegroundThe Civil War Comes to North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649566.001.0001

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(p.323) Afterword
The Last Battleground

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

A reflection on the personal experience of writing the war-of a sense of grief and emotional ambush from encountering so many personal stories of anguish, suffering, death, and loss. Also admiration for wanton courage, often spent in an abominable cause. And a sense of great unfinished business, after a war that should have settled certain matters for good.

Keywords:   Slavery, Existential War, Grief, Emotional Ambush, Great American Mystery, Alexander H. Stephens’s “Cornerstone Speech”, North Carolina Secession

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