Civil War Series

A War of Songs

From battlefields to minstrel shows, music becomes a rallying cry of loyalty and motivation. But as deaths and hopelessness mount, the songs convey a haunting sense of loss
(Volume 2, Part 2)

History

Traditional Voices Group

The Traditional Voices Group of Burnsville preserves the stories and culture of the mountains, and hosts RiddleFest.

Civil War Series

Battle of the Bands

Musicians attached to the 26th North Carolina regiment rouse patriotic spirit, bolster flagging morale in the face of gruesome casualties, and are vital to the regiment’s command and control system. (Volume 2, Part 1)

Civil War Series

The Women’s War

With millions of young men lost in — or lost to — battle, and economic calamity a relentless opponent, women are forced into new roles: farmers, mill workers, entrepreneurs, even rioters. Daily realities of survival, fear, danger, and desperation are just some of a war’s challenges that transcend class and social status. (Volume 1, Part 8)

Civil War Series

A Separate Peace

The war reaches North Carolina, but pacifists in the Old North State secretly oppose the Confederacy.
(Volume 1, Part 7)

Central

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 the old system in hopes of diminishing the slaughter, captured soldiers face death in the prison camps. (Volume 1, Part 6)

Civil War Series

Glory Bound

The captain of the Yadkin Stars is a fearless and loyal leader. But throughout his tenure and journey north as a prisoner of war, William Henry Asbury Speer remains haunted by a weary ambivalence toward the cause and this unwinnable war.
(Volume 1, Part 5)

Arts & Culture

Death of a Pinehurst Princess: The 1935 Elva Statler Davidson Mystery by Steve Bouser

All the elements of a blockbuster news story are here: a socialite bride, a $1 million inheritance, an older husband of questionable social rank, Yankees misbehaving on Southern soil. Big-city reporters from around the country swarmed Pinehurst in 1935 to cover the puzzling death of 22-year-old newlywed Elva Statler Davidson, whose partially clad body officers … Continued