The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is sponsoring a presentation by Philip Gerard, author of the book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. The presentation focuses on the perspective that an understanding of the long march of events in N.C. from secession to surrender allows one to understand the entire Civil War--a personal war waged by Confederates and Unionists, free blacks and the enslaved, farm women and plantation belles, Cherokees and mountaineers, conscripts and volunteers, gentleman officers and poor privates. In the state's complex loyalties, its sprawling and diverse geography, and its dual role as a home front and a battlefield, North Carolina embodies the essence of the whole epic struggle in all its terrible glory.
About the Speaker
Philip Gerard is the author of over a dozen books and teaches creative writing at UNC-Wilmington. He serves on the advisory board of the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center.
Pate Room at Headquarters Library