I imagine you're already aware of this one, but just in case:I'm looking forward to getting started on Blue Coats and Tar Heels by Mark L. Bradley (Unversity of Kentucky Press 2011), a study of Reconstruction in NC. I ordered in on inter-library loan from Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library.
This is part of my research into family ancestor George Washington Ward, a Confederate veteran who had a post-war career in local politics in eastern NC. He was elected as a Democrat to the Duplin County Commission in 1876 and served as chairman of the Commission until his death in 1884.
I welcome any suggestion for other books on Reconstruction-era politics in NC that might help in my research.
I imagine you're already aware of this one, but just in case:
Reconstruction in North Carolina, by Joseph Grégoire de Roulhac Hamilton (1914)
It's a state study by a member of the much-maligned "Dunning school" of Reconstruction historians, but their works often contain useful details and leads on other old sources. (I have not read this particular one.)
One I’ve been looking at, so glad to hear this. Might have to pick it up in the near future to add to my ever-growing stack…I'm in the final chapters of "Pickett's Charge - The Last Attack at Gettysburg" by Earl Hess. Excellent book, more history should be written this way. There's very little editorial comment by the author, though we do get a little. For the most part it's facts about the units who were involved in the charge on both sides, a brief description of their commanders and war record up to that point, and descriptions of what they experienced before, during and after the charge. All of this is interspersed with accounts by those who were there that day, describing what they saw. When accounts conflict they are examined against others, and when the author believes that someone's memory has gaps, or that they twisted the facts for their benefit, he says so and explains why he reached that conclusion. There are photos of many of the commanders on both sides, and various maps showing where the units were as the charge progressed. It really is an excellent bit of historical writing.
Cool. I will keep that in mind so as not to be disappointed ...Oh, you are a lucky mama!
The only one of these I have read is Mosby's Memoirs. I am one of the many, many readers who have been disppointed by this book, but I suppose that is really Walt Disney's fault for romanticizing the life of a partisan ranger for a lot of us older TV viewers.
I was wondering if you have read this one by George R. Stewart ? Have had for a few years but never read it....