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New Additions: History Vacations

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

Front CoverThe Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields, by David Starbuck. This handbook can be used in locating, documenting, and scientifically excavating forts and battlefields along with underwater sites. Forgotten details of battles can be reconstructed. The ways scientific techniques are used to understand the events of war are described with case studies from each major war fought on North American soil.

 

 

 

Front CoverDestination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History, Karen Cox, Ed. Presenting case studies, from battlegrounds to birth places, from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Smoky Mountains, the author sheds light on the social and political forces and contradictions behind the creation of historic sites. Heritage tourism is explored as more than just marketing destinations but also as a means of shaping Southern identity and image.

 

 

 

Front CoverGuide to Confederate Monuments in South Carolina: Passing the Silent Cup, by Robert Seigler. Included in this book are all Confederate monuments that appear on courthouse lawns, town squares, cemeteries, churchyards, and public parks. Each monument is listed in alphabetical order by city or town. Monument engravings are transcribed and descriptions of engravings are presented. Historical descriptions of events surrounding the raising of the monuments are also included.

 

 

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.

Civil War 150: Rowan Rifle Guards

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Old Rowan County Courthouse that served from 1855-1914

Old Rowan County Courthouse that served from 1855-1914. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Emerson on Flickr Creative Commons

I’ve talked a lot about Civil War sources in our library. For example I’ve talked about an 18 volume series of rosters of the NC Troops.  I recently came upon a book in our collection that involves the Civil War – more precisely a regiment that served in the NC Troops of the Civil War, but the regiment was actually raised during a time of peace in 1857 – the Rowan Rifle Guards, which became Company K of the 4th Regiment of the NC Troops during the Civil War.The title of the book is: The Rowan Rifle Guards: A History of Company K 4th North Carolina State Troops, 1857-1865 by Philip Hatfield, Ph.D.. (more…)

Civil War By the Numbers

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cwnoNumbers and Losses in the Civil War in America, 1861-65, by Tomas Livermore. Considered the standard statistical reference for the Union and Confederate armies, this volume has been reprinted numerous times since 1900. The author presents statistics on the 62 major battles of the war closing the gap between speculation and reality through careful examination of Official Records, War Department Records, Fox’s Regimental Losses and accurately interprets enlistment records. Also available online.

 

 

 

 

statcwStatistical Record: A Treasury of Information about the U.S. Civil War, by Frederick Phisterer. First published in the early 1880’s and long out of print, this book has been described as a remarkable compilation of useful factual information on the Civil War. In two parts, part one focuses on the numbers and organizations of the U.S. armies including chronological and alphabetical listings of all Civil War era military divisions, departments and districts, histories of army corps with dates, and commanders. Part two focuses on all U.S. general officers with dates of commission, a listing of officers entering service, a listing of deceased and an index to names. Also available online.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

NC Coast in the Civil War

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 cwhatterasThe Civil War on Hatteras: The Chicamacomico Affair and the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny, by Lee Oxford. Presented in this book is the history of the Civil War on Hatteras Island, site of the first Confederate capture of an armed Union vessel the U.S. gunboat Fanny, and the first combined amphibious assault of the Confederate army and Navy. The Chicamacomico Affair at Live Oak encampment featured harrowing acts of valor by the 20th Indiana Regiment as well as a path toward victory for the Confederates.

 

 

 

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The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad Company in the Civil War, by James Burke. Put to the ultimate test during the Civil War, the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad Company saw the deterioration of its rails and equipment and experienced numerous other challenges – from the capricious Confederate bureaucracy and its runaway economic inflation, to sabotage; the spread of yellow fever; Union raids; the fall of Wilmington; and the destruction of locomotives, train cars, track, and bridges by retreating Confederate troops. 

 

 

 

 

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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