Crouse, NC – The LCHA and Crouse Community Photo and History Project present Gaston County, North Carolina in the Civil War author Robert C. Carpenter

The Lincoln County Historical Association and Crouse Community Photo and History Project are pleased to host the first book signing for Robert C. Carpenter and his newly published book, Gaston County, North Carolina in the Civil War, from McFarland Press of Jefferson, North Carolina. Retired principal Robert C. Carpenter will be signing books that will be available for purchase, as well as giving a brief presentation and Q & A. 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. Admission is free to the general public.

Carpenter-bookCivil War histories typically center on the deeds of generals and sweeping depictions of battle. This unique study of one Southern county’s war experience tells 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 Contemporary diaries, letters and other previously unpublished documents complete the picture, describing cotton mill operations, the lives of slaves, political disagreements, rationales for soldiers’ enlistments and desertions, and economic struggles on the home front.
Info: Friday evening, June 10, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m at Lincoln Cultural Center Art Galleries, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, North Carolina 28092.

For more information, contact Jason L. Harpe, LCHA, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Phone: (704) 477-0987 or You can also contact Mona Ramsey, Crouse Community Photo and History Project, Crouse, NC 28033. Phone: (704) 736-1440 or