State Troops and Volunteers contains 603 rare and striking photographs of Tar Heel soldiers who lived, fought, and died during the Civil War.
This volume differs from previous books of Civil War photographs in two important ways. First, the author, relying principally on compiled military service records and family histories, has assembled a detailed account of each soldier's wartime career. Included, when available, are the soldier's civilian occupation, dates of birth and death, date of enlistment, unit affiliation, and events that affected him while in service. Second, the volume includes a vast array of previously unpublished photographs held by family members of the pictured soldiers. Fully three quarters of the images reproduced in State Troops and Volunteers remain in the hands of descendants of the pictured soldiers.
State Troops and Volunteers opens with rare images of North Carolinians who fought in the Mexican War or served in the antebellum state militia. Men like these formed the leadership core of the state's early Civil War units. Chapter 2 focuses on the men who enthusiastically enlisted during 1861, the first year of the Civil War. Chapters 3 and 4 are topical in nature and examine cavalry and family portraits respectively. Chapter 5, arranged chronologically, pictures North Carolinians who served through the grueling year of 1862. Chapters 2 and 5 also feature brief narratives on the campaigns and battles that the soldiers encountered and recount their experiences, often in the men's own words.
This volume presents a unique blend of important images and illuminating text that offers readers the opportunity to see beyond the faces of Tar Heels who fought, and often died, during the Civil War.
One of the best photograph reference books I have seen
By B. Watson on Oct 04, 2001
This book is seriously one of the better books I have ever seen concerning civil war period photographs. The detailed biographical information is superb and had to have taken years to compile. The amount of information on uniforms is extremely impressive. The best part of this book is that it deals with the common soldier more than the officers. I like that part as the common soldier's were the one's who fought that war and died. Officer's always get the credit, but it was the common farmboy soldier who fought. This book is enormous and it took me a long time to read. I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd volume, but I will give it time as I understand how hard it would be to write such a comprehensive book. Overall an awesome reference for people interested in a very specific aspect of the Confederate Army. Praise!!! 5 stars and then some!!!
So full of great pictures. Can't wait for Vol II.
By Made In Usa on Jun 23, 2014
I talked to Mr. Mast and he said that when Vol II comes out this book will double in value. He said that the people that buy Vol II will want Vol I.
Great NC Civil War photo boogk!
By Dbwright15 on Jan 22, 2012
No doubt, wihtout question, the must have book for serious Civil War Reenactors to view period photos of NC Soldiers. Greg did a greta job not only in pulling together period photos, but giveing a narration of each photo for the reader. The book includes photos of some civilians also, which i hope he could spin into a separate book for the period. Great book,,,glad i bought one early, and am proud to own it. Its the highlight of my book collection.