The Civil War in North Carolina

The Civil War in North Carolina➺ [Reading] ➼ The Civil War in North Carolina By John Gilchrist Barrett ➯ – Eleven battles and seventy three skirmishes were fought in North Carolina during the Civil War Although the number of men involved in many of these engagements was comparatively small the campaigns an Eleven battles and seventy War in eBook ↠ three skirmishes were fought in North Carolina during the Civil The Civil PDF/EPUB ² War Although the number of men involved in many of these engagements was comparatively small Civil War in ePUB ✓ the campaigns and battles themselves were crucial in the grand strategy of the conflict and involved some of the most famous generals of the war John Barrett presents the complete story of military engagements across the state including the classical pitched battle of Bentonville the siege of Fort Fisher the amphibious campaigns on the coast and cavalry sweeps such as Stoneman's raid From and through North Carolina men and supplies went to Lee's army in Virginia making the Tar Heel state critical to Lee's ability to remain in the field during the closing months of the war when the Union had cut off the West and Gulf South This dependence upon North Carolina led to Stoneman's cavalry raid and Sherman's march through the state in the latter of which brought the horrors of total war and eventual defeat.


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  • Paperback
  • 495 pages
  • The Civil War in North Carolina
  • John Gilchrist Barrett
  • English
  • 14 December 2015
  • 9780807845202

10 thoughts on “The Civil War in North Carolina

  1. Paul Haspel says:

    The Civil War history of North Carolina is a tangled thing indeed An Upper South state North Carolina initially resisted secession – even voted against secession while Lower South states were leaving the Union And yet once North Carolina did leave the Union and join the Confederacy “no state contributed to the Southern cause in men money and supplies” p 29; and a man in Mitchell County expressed well the feeling of many of the state’s residents when he said that “when the war come I felt awful southern” p 182 It is a complex story and historian John Barrett tells it well in The Civil War in North CarolinaBarrett of the Virginia Military Institute was well ualified to tell the story of the Civil War in the Tar Heel State In a preface he explains that his prior work on an earlier book Sherman’s March Through the Carolinas 1956 made him aware of the need for a state level study of North Carolina’s Civil War history generally Barrett’s book possesses a strong narrative sweep and extensive primary source documentation and it is likely to possess a particular appeal for North Carolina readers who want to learn about this aspect of their state’s historyThe familiar one already is with North Carolina’s Civil War history the likely one is to enjoy this book Early in the book Barrett speaks of “a western North Carolina politician” recalling how he was in the midst of giving a public speech against secession when he heard of President Lincoln’s call for 75000 troops to suppress the rebellion; hearing that news the politician reflects “When my hand came down from that impassioned gesticulationit fell slowly and sadly by the side of a secessionist” p 13 Many North Carolina students of Civil War history reading that uote will know at once that the speaker unidentified by Barrett is future Governor Zebulon B Vance Successive chapters of the book deal with topics like the Union Navy’s expedition against the Outer Banks and capture of strategic points like Roanoke Island Fort Macon and New Bern; the ironclad CSS Albemarle’s successful defense of coastal sound waters until its destruction by a daring Union commando; the fighting over Fort Fisher the fortification that defended the city of Wilmington last port of the Confederacy; and various features of Union General William T Sherman’s march through the state including the Battle of Bentonville the largest Civil War battle ever fought in the state as well as Confederate General Joseph E Johnston’s eventual surrender to Sherman at Bennett Place – the largest troop surrender of the Civil War The Civil War in North Carolina was published in 1963 – 100 years after the Battle of Gettysburg in the midst of the Civil War Centennial at a time when the American reading public’s appetite for Civil War related material seemed inexhaustible Yet it was also a time when the problems of race that had caused the Civil War were distinctly unresolved in American life In April of that year Martin Luther King Jr was imprisoned in Birmingham for campaigning against segregation laws of that city and wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Two months later President John F Kennedy gave his Civil Rights Address asking “If an American because his skin is darkcannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place?” And two months after that 250000 people came to the nation’s capital for the March on Washington and heard Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speechWhat does all of that have to do with John Barrett’s The Civil War in North Carolina? In answer to that uestion I would say that this book is in many ways a book of its time Barrett emphasizes strategy and tactics heroism and cowardice the good and bad decisions made by Union and Confederate leaders; he does not put a great deal of emphasis on slavery as the primary cause of the Civil War there is not even an entry for slavery in the 14 page index for this 470 page book Many readers of this time wanted to hear stories of bravery and derring do; they did not want to hear uncomfortable things about slavery and racism Barrett gives the readers of that time what they would have wantedAt the same time I must say in fairness that Barrett does not at all buy into the “Lost Cause” school wherein the Confederates fight solely for high minded constitutional considerations with slavery only an “occasion” rather than a cause the cause of the war One of the book’s most powerful details comes in the context of the Union capture of Columbia North Carolina when Barrett writes that “To the delight of the Negroes the whipping post was torn down” p 95 In that one detail Barrett evokes 250 years of inconceivable misery and crueltyAs Barrett had already written a book about Sherman’s march through the Carolinas it should be not surprise that many of this book’s best and most thoughtful passages relate to that particular phase of the Civil War in North Carolina In considering how “Sherman planned to use his military forces against the civilian population as well as the armies of the enemy” Barrett reflects on the way in which “‘Collective responsibility’ the theory upon which total war rests made possible a new mode of warfare in which the accepted rules of the time were transgressed” pp 291 92 One senses Barrett’s determination to be fair minded and to apply the soldierly pragmatism that one would expect from a VMI military history professor in his assessment that “it was not a sense of cruelty and barbarism that prompted Sherman to formulate his theory of total war This conception was the outgrowth of a search for the uickest surest and most efficient means to win a war” p 292 Yet it is troubling to reflect that later in the same decade in which Barrett wrote The Civil War in North Carolina US Army officers in Vietnam would be applying Sherman’s doctrine of total war amidst the battlefields of Southeast Asia destroying villages in order to “save” themAs mentioned above John Barrett’s The Civil War in North Carolina is relatively “old school” history; if what was once called “the new social history” is your thing you will not find it in this book What you will find is a well written well researched thorough state level study of the American Civil War

  2. Bill Tyroler says:

    An older book originally published 1963 but still in print for a reason Don’t take my word; here’s the assessment of NC History Project Director Troy Kickler “There is a book that was published in the ’60s and it’s still the best one about the Civil War in North Carolina That’s the title The Civil War in North Carolina It’s written by John G Barrett I would recommend that they read that” fri I might suggest for anyone interested in the subject also picking up Mark Bradley’s “This Astounding Close” less sweeping but greater in depth analysis of the closing weeks of the war as the title elouently suggestsMy very brief takeaway Unionist sentiment ran high in North Carolina during the run up to war but once it did break out the state rallied around the secessionist cause No one seems to have given much thought to putting the state on a war footing until too late In very short order the Union had conuered the coast right down to Wilmington which thanks to advantages of geography and the imposing Fort Fisher held out till close to the end Nonetheless despite having an iron grip on most of the coastline the North was unable to take the war to the Piedmont until Sherman swept through running Joe Johnston to ground and ending the war

  3. Steven Peterson says:

    This book represents a detailed analysis of the North Carolina's role in the Civil War Both small scale fighting and large scale battles are discussed from the origins of the Civil War until the final stages North Carolina was not a leader in demanding secession but when secession came ultimately North Carolina joined the Confederacy Shortly thereafter military action began Small scale it may have been but in later 1861 the Union forces occupied territory on the Outer Banks; Confederate forces held Roanoke Island Ambrose Burnside somewhat later used a combined force Army and Navy to take Roanoke Island The book discusses in detail Burnside's efforts including New BernOther battles and campaigns covered Pickett's ineffective effort to retake New Bern; the ironclad Albemarle along with infantry forces of the Confederates trying to retake New Bern once unsuccessfully; the efforts by Union forces to take Fort Fisher and thereafter Wilmington Toward the end of the book North Carolina braces for General William T Sherman's forces on their march to link up with General Grant outside Richmond The book does a nice job of describing the ragtag Confederate forces under Joseph Johnston trying to slow Sherman's advance at the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville A few other conflicts are also coveredNorth Carolina was not a central staging point and battlefield in the Civil War but there was action that took place This is an important resource to understand the extent to which this state was involved in the struggles between the armies of north and south

  4. JW says:

    I moved to North Carolina in 1999 and kept a keen eye out for those brown Historical Site signs along the road I ended up living just down the road from and visiting the James Bennett farmhouse It is an incredible experience to stand today where surrender negotiations took place between Gen Sherman and Gen Johnston in early April 1865 Though I live roughly 50 miles from Bentonville site of the last major confederate offensive just a month prior to surrender I have yet to get there I have been to Fort Fisher at the coast and to Asheville in the mountains This book is a great Historical resource for anyone living in NC or anyone who is interested in the war between the states

  5. Bennett Place says:

    Unfortunately he has some significant historical information incorrect regarding Bennett Place Historic Site So it's difficult to support this book as a total uality reference of the American Civil War

  6. Andrew says:

    factual a little dry

  7. Fredrick Danysh says:

    North Carolina did not have the big name commanders that plied their trade in Virgina Vicksburg or Alanta but numerous battles were fought there

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