CHRONICLES OF THE CAPE FEAR RIVER. 1660-1916
Orig. pub. Raleigh 1914. Reprinted 1973, 1974 from 1916 second ed. Print on Demand Edition 2010. xii, 732 pp. + maps, index. Item #115
As a local history, this book fulfills its mission of recounting all essential facts and events in the development of the Cape Fear and Wilmington, North Carolina, area. James Sprunt served on a blockade runner during the Civil War and later became one of the wealthiest residents of Wilmington. He was also a much respected historian of the Cape Fear region and his Chronicles is widely recognized as the definitive history of this region. He covers the Cape Fear Indians, exploration and settlement, colonial plantations, social conditions, the growth of Wilmington as a city, river and harbor improvements, railroads, and biographical sketches of Confederate heroes. Over one-third of the book deals with Cape Fear pilots and blockade running making a substantial contribution to the naval and economic history of this region during the Civil War. Reviews have cited this book as "a prized possession - for anyone with an interest in the rich past of the lower Cape Fear" and a welcome "addition to all American history collections."