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