The Civil War in North Carolina, Volume 2: The Mountains
Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861–1865
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About the Book
“You will perceive by this I am at least in the Confederate service…. Since I have been here I have had a severe sickness but am glad to say at present I am well though I fear my sickness would have incapacitated me for active service…. In all probability our regiment will be stationed here permanently for the winter to guard the bridge across the Watauga River…”—Private John H. Phillips, Company E, 62nd Regiment NC Troops, Camp Carter, Tennessee, October 13, 1862
This work presents letters and diary entries (and a few other documents) that tell the Civil War experiences of soldiers and civilians from the mountain counties of North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.
The book is arranged chronologically, 1861 through 1865. Before each letter or diary entry, background information is provided about the writer.
About the Author(s)
Edited by Christopher M. Watford
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 
Series: The Civil War in North Carolina
Table of Contents
Appendix 1: Distribution of Letters, Diary Entries, by County and Author 201
Appendix 2: Units with at Least Four Companies from the Mountains 203
Appendix 3: Companies Organized in Mountain Counties 204
Appendix 4: List of Employees at Asheville Armory 208
Appendix 5: Letter Writers and Diarists Herein Who Died in Service 212
Appendix 6: A Poem Composed by Private Harvey Davis 213
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Willie Parker Peace Award—North Carolina Society of Historians.
“valid and worthwhile…well-prepared notes…the appendixes…are a bonus…an invaluable tool for teachers and those interested in reading firsthand accounts…a wealth of information to commemorate North Carolina’s Civil War experience”—North Carolina Historical Review; “the documents are helpfully sourced and contextualized”—Appalachian Journal; “a wealth of primary source material”—The Civil War News.