A Student of History

The Military History of North Carolina

The North Carolina War of the Regulation

I have started on a new writing project, the military history of North Carolina.  Along with co-author Mark Bradley, I will be researching and writing about the state’s military past from the earliest colonial times to the modern era.  From the indigenous people fighting each other before European arrival, through numerous rebellions and the Regulator movement, N.C.’s colonial past was filled with conflict.  Not to mention pirates and privateers.  At least 2 chapters will be devoted to the American Revolution, and more text devoted to the antebellum period, the Civil War, and beyond.  The idea for this book came from the publisher, Westholme.  This press has produced some fine history, including a book on Braddock’s March (1755), which I own and enjoyed.  Mark and I will divide the work, splitting the timeline somewhere before the Civil War.  I’m excited about starting, and working with Westholme and Mark.  

Battle of Guilford Courthouse

The Attack on Fort Fisher near Wilmington, 1865


  1. I hope you don’t overlook, or minimize, the Great War for Empire.
    Jim Strong

    Comment by Jim Strong — September 23, 2010 @ 8:29 am | Reply

    • We plan to cover it as best we can, in the space we have.

      Comment by John Maass — September 29, 2010 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  2. I am writing a book on the 4th North Carolina Infantry during the Civil War. What I am finding the least infomration on is the militia system between the War in Mexico and the Civil War. While there was a great deal of inflated rank, horrid uniforms and social dances involved, there were some realistic movements of arms and weapons, especially after the Harpers’ Ferry Raid in 1859. Do you have any information on the between war militia gathered for your book?

    Comment by Lee Hadden — March 3, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  3. Lee: we have not done much @ that aspect yet. Several years ago I did look through all of the laws of NC for 1850s and 1860, and there are lots of laws chartering independent military companies during that time. Some great names if I recall correctly. Have you looked at these? Also, have you contacted Josh Howard at NC State Archives? JRM

    Comment by John Maass — March 3, 2011 @ 9:08 am | Reply

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