New Book Explores North Carolina and the American Civil War (1860-1865)

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“Blood and War at my Doorstep” by author Brenda Chambers McKean is an informative book about the plight of North Carolina citizens during the Civil War due to the blockade, slavery, starvation, conscription, taxation, thievery, shortages, the enemy, and riots

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Research has proven that stories and information on the American Civil War never dies but grows. But how much do people know about this historical event? Inspired by her desire to let people know the true incidents of the Civil War written by the participants of North Carolina, author Brenda Chambers McKean pens Blood and War at my Doorstep. This revealing book will let the readers know that the war wasn’t merely about generals and battles, but also about everyone who lived during that time period regardless of sex, race and age.

A product of many years of research on 19th century history of the United States of America, Blood and War at my Doorstep is a historical revelation of North Carolina citizens’ plight during the Civil War. The book reveals that the soldiers were not the only ones marching into the battlefields, the women also worked themselves into “patriotic exhaustion” through Women’s Studies. Civilians with different means of support from the lower class to the plantation mistress also made their brave contributions by pointing out to the government cases of blockade, slavery, starvation, conscription, taxation, thievery, shortages, the enemy, and riots. In this book, McKean bares the truth that never before had so many died due to guerilla warfare, starving women with weapons stormed the merchant or warehouses in search for food and others turned to smuggling, spying and other significant exploits.

Excerpt from Blood and War at my Doorstep:

The Little Mills Ladies’ Aid Society published a list of ladies’ names in the newspaper and what they had contributed for the war effort. Among them was Hattie, a servant of Mrs. L.S. Powell. Hattie contributed a linen blanket, a roll of bandages, and a pair of gloves. Fannie, a servant, who belonged to Mrs. C.A. Patterson, gave freely a small box of sage. It was not unusual for servants or slaves to help with equipping the military.

In Blood and War at my Doorstep, McKean has written a timely book—published in time of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War which is celebrated over a five-year period now—that also provides information from period newspapers, as well as mostly unpublished letters, telling their stories. This book will allow the readers to learn more of what really happened on the home front during the war.

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About the Author

Brenda Chambers McKean has been an independent researcher and collector of ante-bellum and Civil War history for twenty-five years. This book is a compilation of ten years work. Ms. McKean is a retired nurse anesthetist, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Presently she lives in Timberlake, North Carolina with her grandson.

Blood and War at my Doorstep * by Brenda Chambers McKean
North Carolina Civilians in the War between the States
Publication Date: March 30, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 601 pages; 978-1-4500-2556-0
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