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New Additions: Genealogy – Heritage of Border States

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Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library. When researching North Carolina families, county histories from neighboring states can reveal clues, or answers, about a family’s origins or  final destination.  

patriotdayCumberland County Virginia and Its People, Vol. 2, Cumberland County Historical Society. Formed in 1749, Cumberland County, Virginia is located approximately 100 miles north of Vance County, North Carolina. This second  volume, begun in 2009,  updates the family histories presented in the first volume and adds new ones.  Included are brief biographical sketches for individuals and family names plus histories of important places, and a county cemetery survey. The library  owns the earlier volume and its four supplements and all are available to researchers.

 

 

 

 

Scan0069Monroe County Tennessee Heritage, 1819-1997,  Moore County Heritage Book Committee. This book presents the history and heritage of Monroe County, Tennessee, which is located approximately 60 miles northwest of the town of Murphy, North Carolina close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It includes information about Cherokee culture, important places, cultural sites, communities, towns, sports, government, education, individuals, and families. Vintage photographs bring the family and individual histories to life.

 

 

 

 

 

Genealogy materials are available on-site at the Government and Heritage Library or may be borrowed through an inter-library loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

The Civil War: 1864

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Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

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“A Vast and Fiendish Plot”: The Confederate Attack on New York City, by Clint Johnson. In full detail, the author brings to life the history of an intrepid band of confederate officers who attempted to destroy the city of New York.  With a series of lethal fires in Manhattan’s commercial district, this bold conspiracy’s mission was to  destroy the world’s most influential metropolis. Revealed within are the shocking facts about treacherous alliances and rivalries that threatened 19th century America.

 

 

 

 

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The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will be Theirs By The Sword, by James Price. This book recounts the history of how black Union soldiers attacked a heavily fortified position on the outskirts of the Confederate capital of Richmond, striking a blow against Robert E. Lee’s formidable Army. The soldiers demonstrated to detractors that they could indeed fight for their own freedom and citizenship, and do so as well for their enslaved brethren. Learn how 14 soldiers in this regiment earned the nation’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

 

 

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Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher, by Rod Gragg. With spellbinding narrative, the author  presents the history of the Battle of Fort Fisher. Based on exhaustive research of official records, memoirs, diaries and letters, he captures the dramatic and compelling story of a long overlooked chapter in the history of the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

cssThe CSS Albemarle and William Cushing: The Remarkable Confederate Ironclad and the Union Officer Who Sank It, by Jim Stempel. ‘In 1864, two marvels of the Civil War collided on the Roanoke River near Plymouth, North Carolina. The first was the formidable Confederate ironclad Albemarle, a 376 ton behemoth that roamed the nearby rivers and waters of Albemarle Sound, defeating everything the Federal Navy could throw at it. The second was William B. Cushing, a 21 year old Union naval lieutenant who had been selected to lead a virtual suicide mission to destroy the ironclad. This fully documented chronicle of the young officer’s “David vs. Goliath” victory … is a tale of blood, courage, and desperate battle.’

 

 

 

Library materials will be 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.

Scots, Irish, and Scotch Irish in North Carolina

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

aberdeenAberdeen, by Robert Farrell.  A rich narrative, combined with archival  photographs, brings to life the 20th century history of this Sandhills town. Aberdeen was originally settled by Scottish immigrants escaping persecution who traveled via the Cape Fear River from the North Carolina coast.

 

irishRethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers, Bryan Giemza, Ed. Featuring contributions from historians, literary critics, poets, and ethnomusicologists, these are knit together by their enthusiasm for their subject. Assumptions about Irish Americans are challenged successfully and plumb the shifting complexities of Irishness in the American South and how the music, literature, population patterns and history of the region have been transformed.

 

scottishScots and Scotch Irish: Frontier Life in North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky, by Larry Hoefling. This book describes the origins, history, migration patterns, and frontier life of Scots and Scotch Irish immigrants who settled in the American South.

 

 

 

trueThe True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry, by Daniel Patterson. The author presents a catalog of tombstones along with an historical ethnography and a social history of their makers,  the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Brought to life are the ways in which Scotch-Irish immigrants and their descendants used their cultural  heritage to adapted to life on the American frontier.

Library materials will be 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.

The Civil War: 1862

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

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Battle of Stone River:The Forgotten Conflict Between the Confederate Army of Tennessee and the Union Army of the Cumberland, by Larry J. Daniel. Using previously neglected sources, this book studies this important campaign in detail, as well as the leadership styles of the battle’s two antagonists, the Union’s William S. Rosecrans and the Confederacy’s Braxton Bragg.

 

 

 

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Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor, by David Mindell. The author explores how mariners, fighting blindly below the water, lived in and coped with the metal monster they called the “iron coffin” and how ironclad technology changed not only the tools but also the experience of combat, anticipating modern push button warfare.

 

 

 

 

antitamTo Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, By Scott Hartwig. This 1st  installment of a 2 volume examination of the campaign and climactic battle recounts all events leading up to the eve of the Battle of Antietam – the Potomac, the Confederate invasion, Harpers Ferry,  and the Battle of South Mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

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War on the Mississippi: Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign, by Jerry Corn; Time-Life Books, Ed. With rich narrative,  archival photographs, and maps, the history of the fight for the Mississippi River is described in detail from its beginnings in the spring of 1862, to its conclusion. Learn about the joint U.S. Army and Navy’s campaign to seize the Confederate port of Vicksburg and the Confederacy’s response.

 

 

Library materials will be 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.

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