|The Kinston Hangings
|(Civil War History of the Kinston North Carolina Hangings)
Recommended Reading: Kinston (NC) (Images of America). Description: Kinston,
North Carolina, a picturesque agrarian city in the eastern part of the Tar Heel
State, envelops a rich history of well-known residents, historical battles, Southern myths and legends, and thriving businesses.
Typical of most Southern farming communities, tobacco played a key role in shaping the community’s future; in fact,
the city grew up around the site of an old tobacco warehouse located on the banks of the Neuse River. With the convenience of the Neuse winding through the city’s downtown section, it is easy to see why people made their homes
here more than two-and-a-half centuries ago. Kinston is a celebratory volume that preserves
the storied past of Lenoir County’s
seat. Continued below…
Photographs document the
county’s fourth courthouse, built in 1938 after the first three were destroyed; the evolution of Queen Street’s
downtown businesses; and the fabled artesian well fountain, rumored to always bring those who drank from it back to Kinston. Readers will meet Dr. Richard Henry Lewis, namesake of Lewis School, and
revisit the city’s bicentennial celebration, held in 1962. Informative stories add color to these attractive vintage
photos, which together spark fond memories in the minds of older residents while offering the younger generations a glimpse
of their heritage. A fascinating read for locals, tourists, historians, and North Carolinians.
About the Author: Nina Moore, Kinston native and history enthusiast,
has combined historical photographs from public and private collections with informative captions to pay tribute to her home
town. Join her on this singular journey through Kinston’s
defining days in a volume that pays tribute to the city’s glorious history.
Recommended Reading: Desertion during the Civil War (251 pages) (University
of Nebraska Press). Description: Desertion
during the Civil War, originally published in 1928, remains the only book-length treatment of its subject. Ella Lonn examines
the causes and consequences of desertion from both the Northern and Southern armies. Drawing on official war records, she
notes that one in seven enlisted Union soldiers and one in nine Confederate soldiers deserted. Lonn discusses many reasons
for desertion common to both armies, among them lack of such necessities as food, clothing, and equipment; weariness and discouragement;
noncommitment and resentment of coercion; and worry about loved ones at home. Some Confederate deserters turned outlaw, joining
ruffian bands in the South. Peculiar to the North was the evil of bounty-jumping. Continued below...
generally were not shot or hanged because manpower was so precious. Moving beyond means of dealing with absconders, Lonn considers
the effects of their action. Absenteeism from the ranks cost the North victories and prolonged the war even as the South was
increasingly hurt by defections. This book makes vivid a human phenomenon produced by a tragic time. About the Author: Ella Lonn (1879–1962) was a professor at Goucher College and the author of six histories of the South and the Civil War. Introducing
this first-ever paperback edition is William Blair, an assistant professor of history at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro.
More Damning than Slaughter: Desertion in the Confederate Army (Hardcover).
Description: More Damning than Slaughter is the first broad study of desertion in
the Confederate army. Incorporating extensive archival research with a synthesis of other secondary material, Mark A. Weitz
confronts a question never fully addressed until now: did desertion hurt the Confederacy? Continued below...
with problems such as speculation, food and clothing shortages, conscription, taxation, and a pervasive focus on the protection
of local interests, desertion started as a military problem and spilled over into the civilian world. Fostered by a military
culture that treated ‘absenteeism leniently’ early in the war, desertion steadily increased and by 1863 reached
epidemic proportions. A Union policy that permitted Confederate deserters to swear allegiance to the Union and then return home encouraged
desertion. Equally important in persuading men to desert was the direct appeal from loved ones on the home front--letters
from wives begging soldiers to come home for harvests, births, and hardships. By 1864, deserter bands infested some portion
of every Confederate state. Preying on the civilian population, many of these bands--commonly referred to as irregular
or guerrilla units--frustrated virtually every effort to subdue them. Ultimately, desertion not only depleted the Confederate
army but also undermined civilian morale. By examining desertion, Weitz assesses how deteriorating southern civilian
morale and growing unwillingness to contribute goods and services to the war led to defeat.
Recommended Reading: The Civil War in the Carolinas (Hardcover). Description: Dan Morrill relates the experience of two quite different states bound together in
the defense of the Confederacy, using letters, diaries, memoirs, and reports. He shows
how the innovative operations of the Union army and navy along the coast and in the bays and rivers of the Carolinas
affected the general course of the war as well as the daily lives of all Carolinians. He demonstrates the "total war" for
North Carolina's vital coastal railroads and ports. In
the latter part of the war, he describes how Sherman's operation
cut out the heart of the last stronghold of the South. Continued below...
offers fascinating sketches of major and minor personalities, including the new president and state governors, Generals Lee,
Beauregard, Pickett, Sherman, D.H. Hill, and Joseph E. Johnston. Rebels and abolitionists, pacifists and unionists, slaves
and freed men and women, all influential, all placed in their context with clear-eyed precision. If he were wielding a needle
instead of a pen, his tapestry would offer us a complete picture of a people at war. Midwest Book Review: The Civil War in the Carolinas by civil war expert and historian
Dan Morrill (History Department, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical
Society) is a dramatically presented and extensively researched survey and analysis of the impact the American Civil War had
upon the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, and the people who called these states their home. A meticulous, scholarly,
and thoroughly engaging examination of the details of history and the sweeping change that the war wrought for everyone, The
Civil War In The Carolinas is a welcome and informative addition to American Civil War Studies reference collections.
Recommended Reading: This Republic
of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Publishers
is the dramatic centerpiece of Civil War history; this penetrating study looks instead at the somber aftermath. Historian
Faust (Mothers of Invention) notes that the Civil War introduced America
to death on an unprecedented scale and of an unnatural kind—grisly, random and often ending in an unmarked grave far
from home. Continued below...
She surveys the many ways the Civil War generation coped
with the trauma: the concept of the Good Death—conscious, composed and at peace with God; the rise of the embalming
industry; the sad attempts of the bereaved to get confirmation of a soldier's death, sometimes years after war's end; the
swelling national movement to recover soldiers' remains and give them decent burials; the intellectual quest to find meaning—or
its absence—in the war's carnage. In the process, she contends, the nation invented the modern culture of reverence
for military death and used the fallen to elaborate its new concern for individual rights. Faust exhumes a wealth of material—condolence
letters, funeral sermons, ads for mourning dresses, poems and stories from Civil War–era writers—to flesh out
her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief. Copyright © Reed Business
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