The Civil War in North Carolina, Volume 1: The Piedmont
Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861–1865
About the Book
“I think that we can hold our position here against any force that the enemy can bring against us, as we have an admirable position & are all ready. I can give you no idea when the general attack will take place. It may be this evening, tomorrow or at any moment as both parties are apparently ready & we have nothing to do but pitch in.”—Captain Charles C. Blacknall, “Granville Rifles,” Company G, 23rd North Carolina Troops, Yorktown, Virginia, April 22, 1862
This work is a compilation of letters and diary entries (and a few other documents) that tell the Civil War experiences of soldiers and citizens from 29 North Carolina counties: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, and Yadkin.
The book is arranged chronologically, 1861 through 1865, and a chart at the beginning of each chapter tells the date, subject, document type (letter, diary entry, or other), author, recipient, and the home county and unit of soldiers.
About the Author(s)
Edited by Christopher M. Watford
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 
Series: The Civil War in North Carolina
Table of Contents
Appendix 1: Statistics on the Distribution of Documents 205
Appendix 2: Lt. Ashbel Fraley’s “Purposes for Brigade Drill” and “Maxims of War” 207
Appendix 3: Anatomy of a Typical Soldier Letter 209
Appendix 4: “A Prayer from Those in Distress” 211
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Willie Parker Peace Award—North Carolina Society of Historians.
“a wealth of primary source material”—The Civil War News.