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Booksigning—Michael C. Hardy

August 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Michael C. Hardy’s large body of work on the Old North State and the War Between the States includes numerous books, articles, and blog posts on topics ranging from specific battles, regiments, and personalities, to the experiences of North Carolinians before, during, and after the war.

History has been a life-long passion for Michael. He participated in his first Civil War re-enactment at the age of ten in 1982. Since then, he has participated in hundreds of events from south Florida to Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Michael began his professional writing career in the mid-1990s; his first published piece was a biography of Brig. Gen. Collett Leventhorpe in North and South Magazine. Since then, Michael has continued to research and write about battles, people, and places and crafting much-needed histories of battles, such as Hanover Court House (1862) and the Brooksville-Bayport Raid (1864). Also, he has focused on the war’s impact on specific areas, such as western North Carolina and East Tennessee, with volumes like Kirk’s Civil War Raids along the Blue Ridge—over two dozen books.

Michael is a six-time winner of the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. In 2009, he was presented the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Superior Achievement Award from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, both for his work in preserving Confederate history. In October 2010, Michael was honored as the North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians.

Michael has assisted several museums with displays about the Civil War, and at times even loaned articles from his collection and worked as a historical consultant for several well-known fiction writers, including New York Times best-seller Sharyn McCrumb. In 2017, he was featured as one of the historians in The American Heroes Channel series Blood And Fury: The American Civil War.

Michael regularly volunteers with several local historical societies and associations and is a member of many national organizations, including the Civil War Trust, The Society of Civil War Historians, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He lives with his wife Elizabeth, an English professor at Mayland Community College and their amazing children Nathaniel and Isabella high up on the side of a mountain.


August 31
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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