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"The Last Battleground" Book

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This new history of the Civil War in North Carolina, by Wilmington writer Philip Gerard, is based on his popular Our State series.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, Cherokee braves and mountaineers, conscripts and volunteers, gentleman officers and poor-bocker privates.

With its complex loyalties, sprawling and diverse geography, and 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 events through the stories of the individuals who endured them--reporting the war as if it were happening in the present rather than with settled hindsight--to capture the dreadful suspense of lives caught up in a conflict whose ending had not yet been written. As Gerard reveals in his book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.

 

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Meet the Author

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Gerard was the author of Our State’s Civil War series and writes Our State’s Decades Series. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous other magazines and is the author of two historical novels set in North Carolina. He teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Specifications

  • Pages: 376
  • Hardcover. 

Specifications

  • Pages: 376
  • Hardcover. 

Meet the Author

Gerard was the author of Our State’s Civil War series and writes Our State’s Decades Series. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous other magazines and is the author of two historical novels set in North Carolina. He teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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