While the entire country was in the throes of the American Civil War, the region of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee was embroiled in its own very personal and bloody conflict. No individual better personifies the brutal nature of this theater of the war than does Colonel George W. Kirk. For two and a half years, he led a "notorious band of scoundrels and thieves" across the mountain region engaging in often vicious acts of violence that were not always sanctioned by his Union Army superiors. Award-winning historian Michael C. Hardy chronicles the war along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, a war marked by strife within families and communities, George W. Kirk's war. For those wanting to go beyond the highway markers, "Kirk's Civil War Raids along the Blue Ridge" is an excellent place to start."--Watauga Democrat
Michael C. Hardy has a passion for nineteenth-century Southern history. He is considered the "nation’s foremost author on the Confederate Soldier," and his writing "adds flesh to the vast gaps in the official Confederate records." Michael has penned twenty-three books, including two new releases for 2018:General Lee's Immortals, a history of the Branch-Lane Brigade (Savas Beatie) andKirk's Civil War Raids along the Blue Ridge (History Press). His articles have appeared in numerous magazines, and Michael was featured in the recentBlood and Fury: America's Civil War on the American Heroes Channel. In 2010, Michael was named the North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and since 1995, has called western North Carolina home.