Touring the Carolinas' Civil War Sites

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As the home of John C. Calhoun and the site of the opening shots of the Civil War, South Carolina was a hotbed of secession, a status it paid for dearly when William T. Sherman came visiting.

A reluctant entrant into the war, North Carolina ended up sending more troops and suffering more battlefield deaths than any other Confederate state.

Touring the Carolinas' Civil War Sites traces the war beginning with the firing on Fort Sumter and ending ...

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As the home of John C. Calhoun and the site of the opening shots of the Civil War, South Carolina was a hotbed of secession, a status it paid for dearly when William T. Sherman came visiting.

A reluctant entrant into the war, North Carolina ended up sending more troops and suffering more battlefield deaths than any other Confederate state.

Touring the Carolinas' Civil War Sites traces the war beginning with the firing on Fort Sumter and ending with the fall of Fort Fisher and the surrender at Bennett Place. Along the way, it visits every significant site in both states. Readers and armchair travelers will meet the likes of

Robert Smalls, the black who stood boldly on the bow of the Planter, passed himself off as its white captain, and stole that boat from the Confederates in the most daring slave escape of the war

The final crew of the H. L Hunley, the world's first successful submarine, whose faces have been reconstructed from the remains pulled from their watery grave

Bushwhacker Keith Blalock and his brother, Sam, who upon closer inspection proved to be his wife, Malinda

Harriet Hawley, the Union general's wife whose tobacco-spit stains can still be seen in the grandest mansion in Wilmington, which she turned into a bawdyhouse

The 21 tours in this second edition include updated directions and new sites, maps, and photographs, just in time for the war's 150th anniversary.

The author of nine books on the Civil War, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles, Clint Johnson enjoys reenacting with the 26th Regiment of North Carolina Troops (which becomes the 24th Michigan when portraying Federals). He lives in Ashe County, North Carolina.

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Touring The Carolinas' Civil War Sites is an ideal and essential travel guide for Civil War buffs wishing to visit the numerous North Carolina and South Carolina Civil War memorial sites and battlefields. A life-long Civil War buff, Clint Johnson draws upon his considerable expertise to presents the meticulous results of exhaustive research in an articulate, "reader friendly" text that is augmented throughout with area photography. Touring The Carolinas' Civil War Sites is a highly recommended addition to personal and regional Civil War studies and reference book collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895874030
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

South Carolina 1

Tour 1 The War Ignites Tour, Part I 2


Tour 2 The War Ignites Tour, Part II 26

Charleston, James Island, Sullivan's Island, Georgetown

Tour 3 The Sea Islands Tour 34

Hilton Head Island, Parris Island, Beaufort

Tour 4 The Columbia Burns Tour 52


Tour 5 The Sherman's Feint Tour 68

Winnsboro, Chester, Union, Fort Mill

Tour 6 The Sherman's Exit Tour 82

Camden, Sumter, Cheraw, Darlington, Florence

Tour 7 The Dead Generals and Gunpowder Tour 104

Clemson; Pendleton; Abbeville; Cokesbury; Edgefield; Aiken; Augusta, Georgia; Barnwell; Ehrhardt; Orangeburg

North Carolina

Tour 8 The Coastal War Tour 120

Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks

Tour 9 The Union's Base Tour 132

New Bern

Tour 10 The Fall of Fort Macon Tour 148

Morehead City and Beaufort

Tour 11 The Railroad Defense Tour 158

Creswell, Elizabeth City, Gatesville, Winton, Jackson, Weldon, Warrenton

Tour 12 The River Cities Tour 180

Halifax, Tarboro, Hamilton, Plymouth, Washington, Chocowinity

Tour 13 The Foster's Raid Tour 194

Kinston, Seven Springs, Goldsboro

Tour 14 The Mountain War Tour 208

Cherokee, Waynesville, Flat Rock, Asheville, Marshall

Tour 15 The Mountain Characters Tour 224

Lenoir, Blowing Rock, Linville, Boone, Wilkesboro, Elkin, White Plains, Siloam

Tour 16 The Ramseur Tour 236

Morganton and Lincolnton

Tour 17 The Piedmont Invasion Tour 242

Danbury, Pilot Mountain, Bethania, Winston-Salem, High Point, Jamestown, Greensboro, Milton

Tour 18 The Salisbury to Statesville Tour 256

Salisbury, Charlotte, Davidson, Statesville

Tour 19 The Bentonville Battle Tour 264

Fayetteville, Averasboro Battlefield, Bentonville Battlefield

Tour 20 The Wilmington Forts Tour 280

Wilmington, Fort Fisher, Southport, Fort Anderson

Tour 21 The Surrender Tour 308

Raleigh, Hillsborough, Durham

Appendix 329

Bibliography 346

Index 348

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite

    I don't read many non-fiction books, but when I do, they have to be REALLY awesome sounding. I am also a big history lover, on top of being from North Carolina, so I jumped on the chance to review Touring The Carolina's Civil War Sites. I was most pleased with the results!

    One of the sites that is mentioned in this book is Bentonville. I am 30 minutes or so from this site, and my kids, parents and I LOVE to go here! It has a unique feel to the atmosphere (not quite haunted, but not quite unhaunted, either). This was the last big battle area for the war, and it's truly a magnificent place to tour.

    Filled with detailed events, sites and tours, this book also includes maps and photos of the areas. You can get a feel of what to expect just by browsing through it. Johnson's writing style is specific and highly informative, making this a fantastic guide to the many, many sites throughout North and South Carolina.

    This is a book that I would highly recommend to not only travelers and history buffs, but families looking for fun and informative places to take their children. Many of the places have museums, trails, or shops that the children can enjoy with walking, looking and purchasing their own piece of history through replicas.

    Many thanks to Mr. Johnson for his thorough research and fantastic, richly detailed sites for us Civil War buffs!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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