The Civil War in North Carolina, Volume 1: The Piedmont

Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861–1865


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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)

Christopher M. Watford, a high school teacher, is a member of the Central Piedmont Historic Preservation Association and the Davidson County (North Carolina) Civil War Roundtable. He lives in the Light area near Thomasville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Christopher M. Watford
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 246
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4594-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1678-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Civil War in North Carolina

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     1

(1861)      5
(1862)      33
(1863)      91
(1864)      143
(1865)      191

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

Notes     213
Bibliography     229
Index     233

Book Reviews & Awards

Winner, Willie Parker Peace Award—North Carolina Society of Historians.
“a wealth of primary source material”—The Civil War News.