376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 27 halftones, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4957-3
Published: February 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4956-6
Published: March 2019
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Philip Gerard presents this dramatic convergence of events through the stories of the individuals who endured them--reporting the war as if it were happening in the present rather than with settled hindsight--to capture the dreadful suspense of lives caught up in a conflict whose ending had not yet been written. As Gerard reveals, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.
About the Author
Philip Gerard is professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His previous books include Down the Wild Cape Fear.
For more information about Philip Gerard, visit the Author Page.
“As Gerard reveals, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.”--McCormick Messenger
“[Gerard's] smooth, novelistic style should open this material to many readers who thought they didn’t like history.”--Wilmington Star News
“Covers a wide range of topics from the most obscure private soldier’s story and the plight of women, children, and minorities, to the great battles fought on North Carolina soil . . . . a lively and enjoyable read.”--H-Net Reviews
"Gerard's powerful narrative covers the Civil War in North Carolina in all its complexity, ranging from the coast to the Piedmont and Sandhills to the mountains. In the process, he introduces us to a vast panoply of characters and, by means of his vivid prose, makes both them and the events they participated in come to life."--Mark L. Bradley, author of This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place
"Philip Gerard is best known as an award-winning creative writer, but this book shows he is also an exceptional historian. With each vignette in The Last Battleground, Gerard opens portals to the past for North Carolina during the Civil War. A great read!"--Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., author of The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope