There are many people to thank for their contributions to this book William H. Kern of Fort Bragg's Public Works Business Center has long been committed to honoring the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, which is now part of the Fort Bragg Military Reservation. Recognizing the dedication and enormous sacrifices soldiers made during the Civil War has been the driving force behind this volume.
Working with him at Fort Bragg, and providing valuable help to us, are Beverly and Wayne Boyko. Wayne, an archeologist, has given many useful insights about the archeology of the battle. Beverly, a historian, similarly provided valuable information about the battle, the area, and Fort Bragg today. She also spent many hours compiling a careful transcript of a battlefield tour, which has been a tremendous aid.
Ken Belew's research about the battle has been particularly helpful. His military staff ride volume, Cavalry Clash in the Sandhills, The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, North Carolina, is a succinct analysis for training soldiers. He also provided us with a comprehensive tour of the battlefield, highlighted by his insights gained as a professional soldier and student of military history. Judy Hewett drew the situation maps which explain the battle.
The research about the battle by Douglas Scott and William J. Hunt Jr., archeologists with the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service in Lincoln, Nebraska, has also been important to our understanding. Their report, The Civil War Battle at Monroe's Crossroads, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, A Historical Archeological Perspective, gives fascinating insights about the conflict, perspectives gained, in part, from studying objects as small as buttons and nails they found in their excavations.
Martin Pate's work, as always, is a pleasure to include with our words. His paintings of the combatants and the battle are vivid reminders that these were flesh-and-blood human beings who faced each other on that foggy March morning. He captures what the soldiers must have felt, as well as the frantic pace of the engagement. The original paintings are permanently displayed at Fort Bragg in the post library.
We wish to thank John Ehrenhard, chief of the Southeast Archeological Center, for his continuing, enthusiastic support of our efforts to bring writing about history and archeology to the public. His colleague, John Jameson, has also offered consistent encouragement for us to do the best job possible of presenting stories of the past in a way that will capture the attention of people today. He initiated this volume and other interpretive projects at Fort Bragg and shows tireless dedication to seeing that these efforts reach the widest possible audience. His help extends from accompanying us on a battlefield tour to offering guidance in how best to convey the battle account. Edwin C. Bearss, retired chief historian for the National Park Service, generously gave his time to review the manuscript and provided valuable suggestions. Thanks also to Dwight Pitcaithley, current National Park Service chief historian, for his support.
We are also in debt to Kimberly Washington, National Park Service contracting officer, for her cheerful professionalism. Finally, our families and friends continue to be unstinting in their support, and we are deeply grateful.
and Richard Keeton