Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:
May 8, 2017 - Speaker: Michael C. Hardy Topic: The Capitols of the Confederacy
The Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s May 2017 meeting will feature a talk by award-winning author and historian Michael C. Hardy.
Michael is a native of Apopka, Fla., and graduated from the University of Alabama. He was first captivated by the Civil War in the early 1980s, when an uncle brought him to a reenactment and he was allowed to carry a flag. He became very involved in re-enacting, through which he gained a deeper understanding of the events, tactics, firearms, equipment and clothing of the Civil War period.
In 1995, Michael moved with his wife to Boone, N.C., where he researched North Carolina units. His book on the 37th N.C. Troops, released in 2003, was the result of countless hours of research at the Appalachian State library. Other books he authored include the history of the battle of Hanover Court House, Virginia (2006), the 58th N.C. Troops (2010), Civil War Charlotte (2012) and Wautauga County, North Carolina, in the Civil War (2013).
Michael also is the author of numerous articles that have been published in Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Gettysburg Magazine, Tar Heel Junior Historians, Confederate Veteran, and Camp Chase Gazette. In 2010, he was named the North Carolina Historian of the Year.
Every nation, not matter how brief its lifespan, has a capital. The Confederate States of America, over the course of four years had five.
Montgomery, Ala., Richmond, Va., Danville, Va., Greensboro, N.C., and Charlotte, N.C., served as Confederate capitals. While some of these sites are commemorated with impressive monuments and museums, others provide scant evidence of their moment in the history of the Civil War.
Michael’s latest work is a history of the Branch-Lane Brigade, published by Savis Batie, is scheduled to be released in December.
Michael will have copies of his books available for purchase at our May 2017 event and will be happy to
Raleigh Civil War Round Table Documentary Available!
Andrew Ballard, editor of The Knapsack, has produced a documentary film on behalf of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table covering the end of the Civil War in North Carolina. It will be available for donations to the RCWRT and the proceeds will be used for educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.