Reading Matters

Robert Carpenter to talk about life during Civil War in Gaston County

Anyone who loves a detailed view of a North Carolina town during the Civil War will enjoy Robert Carpenter’s “Gaston County, North Carolina, in the Civil War.”

Carpenter spent years poring over tax records, private family papers, letters and other primary sources to put together this fascinating look at the lives of ordinary soldiers, their wives, their mothers and children, their slaves, the merchants and deserters – you name it – during the years of the Civil War in Gaston County.

I’m not from Gaston County – I’m not even from North Carolina – but I spent a couple of hours with this fascinating book, going from index to the designated pages, learning more and more interesting things about the war and Gaston County.

Cartpenter, a retired principal and adjunct professor at Belmont Abbey, will talk about his research and answer questions from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Lincoln Cultural Center Art Galleries, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton.

The event is free, and you’re invited.