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Book Signing with Robert C. Carpenter
Author of "Gaston County, North Carolina, In The Civil War"
Join us on Saturday, August 27th at 1:00 p.m. for a talk and book signing with author Robert C. Carpenter on his newest release, "Gaston County, North Carolina, In The Civil War."
Civil War histories typically center on the deeds of generals and showcase sweeping depictions of battle. This unique study offers a different viewpoint - that which tells of one Southern county's war experience from the lives of ordinary soldiers and their wives, mothers and children, slaves, farmers, merchants, Unionists and deserters - through an examination of tax records. The recently discovered 1863 Gaston County, North Carolina tax list provides a detailed economic and social picture of a war-weary community, recording what taxpayers owned, cataloging slaves by name, age and monetary value, and assessing luxury items. Contemporary diaries, letters and other previously unpublished documents complete the picture, describing cotton mill operations, the lives of slaves, political disagreements, rationales for enlistments and desertions, and economic struggles on the home front.
Retired principal Robert C. Carpenter is an adjunct professor at Belmont Abbey College and the president and editor of Footprints in Time, the bulletin for the Gaston Lincoln Genealogical Society. He lives in Bessemer City, North Carolina.
Reservations are requested. For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Jason Luker at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or [email protected]
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