Monday, October 8, 2007

Elizabeth City, NC study

I seem to be on a bit of a North Carolina turn recently, so I thought I would pass along some news about a book that will be published shortly, Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the Civil War: A History of Battle and Occupation by Alex Christopher Meekins (The History Press, Nov 2007). I don't know much of anything about book, author, or publisher*, but the title and short blurb point to a geographic region [coastal NC] and a subject [occupation] I always find interesting.

* = I have a sidebar link to a publisher of the same name, and assume they are one and the same even though the website does not mention this book at all. The History Press appears to be a prolific publisher of local lore across many states.


  1. Drew,
    I can shed some light on this one for you. Chris Meekins works at the NC State Archives and is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at UNC-Greensboro. His dissertation research deals with the Civil War in the contentious region of northeastern NC, so this book is right up his alley. He actually did a presentation at a symposium commemorating the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabeth City on this topic.

    As for the publisher, I think you are correct. They mainly publish local histories. I think this will be a good book, because Chris seems to be pretty much on the ball.

  2. Hi Andrew,
    Thanks for stopping by and filling me in. Now I definitely want a copy.



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