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
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 1865, the latter of which brought the horrors
of total war and eventual defeat.