Civil War Series


One Nation, Again After Johnston’s Surrender

After four years and thousands of lives lost, the war ends. (Volume 5, Part Four)

Johnston’s Last Stand at the Battle of Bentonville

Confederate brigades battle Sherman’s troops in Bentonville. (Volume 5, Part Three)

Sherman’s Final March

The Union lays waste to Fayetteville in its push through the Carolinas. (Volume 5, Part Two)

The Union Takes Wilmington

Confederate troops fail to defend the vital port city. (Volume 5, Part 1)

Goliath Falls: Attacks Waged Against Fort Fisher

The battle of Fort Fisher signals doom for the Confederacy. (Volume 4, Part 12)

The South’s Gibraltar: Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher endures a punishing barrage by an armada from the North. (Volume 4, Part 11)

Freedom Nears for Slaves

The slave trade in North Carolina thrives, despite the impending demise of the Confederacy. (Volume 4, Part 10)

Sisters of Mercy

Nuns from the North travel south to nurse the sick and comfort the dying. (Volume 4, Part 9)

The Afterlives of the Dead

Faced with the cruel realities of war, survivors must change their approaches to mourning. (Volume 4, Part 8)

The Crater

The Union Army’s plan to explode a mine succeeds, but the confederate counterattack proves more deadly. (Volume 4,...

The Civil War: General Wild’s Raid

Brig. Gen. Edward augustus Wild raises an army of former slaves who take aim at southern plantations. (Volume 4,...

Occupation of the East

Eastern North Carolina becomes a grim battleground in the fight for control of the state. (Volume 4, Part 5)

The National Pastime at War

Troops from both sides — and even prisons — find escape from the slog of war with a bat...

The Great Adventure of the Outlaw Blalocks

A husband and wife stay together — and fight together — through the duration of the war. (Volume 4,...

Deserters and Outliers

Tar Heel soldiers grow weary of war and leave their regiments — only to fight for the north. (Volume...

Gettysburg

The bodies of thousands of Confederate soldiers lie stretched across a battlefield in Pennsylvania, and the smell of death...

The Invincible Ironclad

One man builds a warship that seems unsinkable, and his sworn enemy vows to destroy it. (Volume 3, Part...

The Iron Lifeline

The outcome of the war relies on the strength of the state’s railroads. (Volume 3, Part 11)

Burial and Mourning at Poplar Grove

Amid an increasingly hostile society, one estate near Wilmington remains an unlikely refuge. (Volume 3, Part 10)

Dear My Beloved,

A husband and wife, separated by war, exchange letters to bridge the distance. (Volume 3, Part 9)

James Johnston Pettigrew: A Scholar in the Civil War

One of the state’s foremost scholars finds his purpose is not in books but on the battlefield. (Volume 3,...

A Spy Among Us

A socialite collects intelligence for the Confederacy. Her loyalty comes at a price. (Volume 3, Part 7)

Rebel on the Seas

A former U.S. Navy officer raids and razes union merchant ships. (Volume 3, Part 6)

Writing the War

A Catawba County native becomes a trusted correspondent in a time when battle stories are sensational. (Volume 3, Part...

The Getaway

A Yankee fighting for the South is taken as a prisoner of war. (Volume 3, Part 4)

Freedom Fighter

Following Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a lifelong slave, William Henry Singleton, raises an army of black men: the 1st North...

Religion in the Ranks Chapter II of II

The passion of one minister, the Rev. Alexander Davis Betts, pushes him to great lengths with the 30th North...

Religion in the Ranks Chapter I of II

Many Christians living in the Confederacy Believe there is little doubt that God is on their side. (Volume 3,...

A Family’s War

Seven men from Alamance County fight under the same flag, not only as soldiers, but also as family.

The Civil War Series: Life in North Carolina

The war magnified the best and the worst of the human spirit. In each installment, author and historian Philip...

Indivisible: Chang and Eng Bunker

Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker tour the world fascinating audiences. After a life in the limelight, they settle...

Abraham Galloway: From Cartridge Box to Ballot Box

A black man in New Bern doesn’t want to be gifted the rights of freedom after the war. He...

Little Will’s Cherokee Legion

A white man and the Indians, war and love, and the dream of freedom. (Volume 2, Part 9)

The Burden of War

The weight the men carry nearly leaves them limp underneath their sacks. But there is only one way to...

The Kinston Hangings (Part 2): A General’s Fatal Anger

The Hangings at Kinston, Part II: Just after another defeat in battle, Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett unleashes his...

The Kinston Hangings (Part 1): Caught Between Blue and Gray

The Kinston Hangings, Part I: In eastern North Carolina, poor fishermen and farmers want to be left alone. But...

Atrocity at Shelton Laurel

Revenge on the enemy is one thing. Murder of the innocent is another. Two colonels in the Confederate Army...

Baptism by Blood

Just 90 days after he passes his board exam, without any supervision, Dr. Thomas Fanning Wood performs perhaps the...

First, Do No Harm

Thomas Fanning Wood achieves a dream of becoming a doctor much sooner than he could have imagined. There is...

A War of Songs

From battlefields to minstrel shows, music becomes a rallying cry of loyalty and motivation. But as deaths and hopelessness...

Battle of the Bands

Musicians attached to the 26th North Carolina regiment rouse patriotic spirit, bolster flagging morale in the face of gruesome...

The Women’s War

With millions of young men lost in — or lost to — battle, and economic calamity a relentless opponent,...

A Separate Peace

The war reaches North Carolina, but pacifists in the Old North State secretly oppose the Confederacy.
(Volume 1,...

The Dark Hole: Civil War Prison Camps

At first, soldiers from both North and South return to their regiments in prisoner-of-war exchanges. But when officials end...

Glory Bound

The captain of the Yadkin Stars is a fearless and loyal leader. But throughout his tenure and journey north...

River Runaways

For slaves, the struggle began long before the first shots of the Civil War. Now, the unrest and confusion...

Unflinching Leader

Poor leadership challenges the Confederacy from the outset of the war, but soon afterward, North Carolina has a bold...

Parading off to War

Confederate soldiers and their supporters herald the news of North Carolina’s secession with pageantry and pomp. soon, though, the...

A House Divided

Doctor Bellamy’s mansion and the beginning of the end of an era.
(Volume 1, Part 1)

An Interview with Philip Gerard

The author of Our State's Civil War series talks about the series and the war itself in an exclusive...

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