New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
Cape Fear Confederates: The 18th North Carolina Regiment in the Civil War, by James Gillispie. The author tells the history of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, one of two famous Confederate “military machines” from its origins through combat and surrender at Appomattox Court House. The book also includes a roster of surrendering officers and enlisted men and brief biographical sketches of those who fought with the regiment for most of the war.
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South, by Stephanie McCurry. This work goes beyond the myth of the Confederacy to reveal its essence and resulting unintended consequences. The author documents how the exclusion of white women and slaves in the Confederate power structure led to its ultimate demise.
Firearms of the Confederacy, by Claud Fuller, Richard Steuart. This reprint of an earlier rare publication attempts to cover all the arms used by the Confederates, with special emphasis upon those manufactured in the South during the war. Information sources include the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Army Ordnance Association, and Dexters Arms Manual with photographs of shoulder arms from the Steuart Confederate collection and the Fuller collection.
The Gray Book, Sons of Confederate Veterans. This reproduction of the 1920 original publication presents the Confederate viewpoint regarding the causes and consequences of the Civil War, including the issues of slavery, secession, and the emancipation proclamation. Also available in digital format.
Shifting Grounds: Nationalism & the American South 1848-1865, by Paul Quigley. The author explores how white southerners forged a sense of Confederate identity and reinterprets southern conceptions of allegiance, identity and citizenship and to shed new light on the motivations behind the Civil War.
Library materials are available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.