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William F. "Bill" Kaiser

HELLEBORE: A Novel of Reconstruction
BLOODROOT: A Novel of the Civil War
Excerpts from BLOODROOT
William F. "Bill" Kaiser's Biography
Civil War Research References

Civil War Research References

BLOODROOT is based on historical fact.


A History of Watauga County North Carolina by John Preston Arthur. 1915; published by The Mountain Press, Johnson City, Tennessee

Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina - The Mountains by William G. Trotter. 1988; published by John F. Blasir, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Six Flags and Cold Steel: The Civil War in North Carolina - Vol. I: The Piedmont by William G. Trotter. 1988; published by Signal Research, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina

The Civil War in North Carolina by John G. Barrett. 1963 by The University of North Carolina Press. First printing May 1963; Second printing March 1975.

Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart. 1912; published by Outing Publishing Co., New York, New York

Detailed Minutie of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy. 1882; reprinted 1982 from the 1882 edition by H.O. Houghton and Company

"Mountaineer Conversations And Storytelling" by Craig Auston. pub. in The Mountain Times, Boone, NC, July 8, 1993

Four Years in Rebel Capitals by Thomas Cooper DeLeon.

War from the Inside - 132nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry 1862-1863 by Frederick L. Hitchcock.

North Carolina Through Four Centuries by William S. Powell. 1989 by The University of North Carolina Press. Printed by The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880 by Ora Blackmun. 1977; published by the Appalachian Consortium Press, a division of the Appalachian Consortium, Inc., Boone, North Carolina.

Western North Carolina - A History (From 1730 to 1913) by John Preston Arthur. 1914 by E.H.D. Morrison; published by The Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American

Revolution of Asheville, N.C.; printed 1914 by Edwards & Broughton Printers Company, Raleigh, N.C.; reprinted 1973 by The Reprint Company, Spartenburg, S.C.; reproduced from a 1914 edition in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ante-Bellum North Carolina - A Social History by Guion Griffis Johnson. 1937 by The University of North Carolina Press; printed by The Seeman Printery, Durham, N.C.

North Carolina Parade - Stories of History and People by Richard Walser and Julia Montgomery Street. 1966 by The University of North Carolina Press; printed by The Seeman Printery, Durham, N.C.

Snowbird Gravy and Dishpan Pie - Mountain People Recall by Patsy Moore Ginns. 1982 by The University of North Carolina Press.


More Mountain People by Michael Joslin

Words And Ways by Paul Green

Western North Carolina Since The Civil War by Ina W. Van Noppen

Storm in the Mountains by Vernon H. Crow

These Storied Mountains by John Parris

North Carolina in the Mexican War by William S. Hoffmann

The Tar Heel Press by Thad Stem Jr.

Methodism in Western North Carolina by Elmer T. Clark

Mountain Cooking by John Parris

The Story of the Mexican War by Colonel Red Reeder

Trail of Tears by John Ehle

Confederate Revolvers by William A. Gary

Stonewall in the Valley by Robert G. Tanner

Drawn With The Sword by James M. McPherson

Don't Know Much About The Civil War by Kenneth C. Davis


The Civil War volumes published by Time-Life Books, Inc.

The Civil War - Brother Against Brother: The War Begins

The Civil War - First Blood; Fort Sumter to Bull Run

The Civil War - The Blockade: Runners and Raiders

The Civil War - The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West

The Civil War - Forward to Richmond: McClellan's Peninsular Campaign

The Civil War - Decoying the Yanks: Jackson's Valley Campaign

The Civil War - Confederate Ordeal: The Southern Home Front

The Civil War - Lee Takes Command: From Seven Days to Second Bull Run

The Civil War - The Coastal War: Chesapeake Bay to Rio Grande

The Civil War - Tenting Tonight: The Soldier's Life

The Civil War - The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam

The Civil War - War on the Mississippi: Grant's Vicksburg Campaign

The Civil War - Rebels Resurgent: Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville

The Civil War - Twenty Million Yankees: The Northern Home Front

The Civil War - Gettysburg: The Confederate High Tide

The Civil War - The Struggle for Tennessee: Tupelo to Stone River

The Civil War - The Fight for Chattanooga: Chickamauga to Missionary Ridge

The Civil War - Spies, Scouts and Raiders: Irregular Operations

The Civil War - The Battles for Atlanta: Sherman Moves East

The Civil War - The Killing Ground: Wilderness to Cold Harbor

The Civil War - Sherman's March: Atlanta to the Sea

The Civil War - Death in the Trenches: Grant at Petersburg

The Civil War - War on the Frontier: The Trans-Mississippi West

The Civil War - The Shenandoah in Flames: The Valley Campaign of 1864

The Civil War - Pursuit to Appomattox: The Last Battles

The Civil War - The Assassination: The Death of the President

The Civil War - The Nation Reunited: War's Aftermath


The excesses of outlaw gangs ... had produced a condition of fear and unrest in the piedmont and mountain counties. This unsettled situation gave rise to (a) secret organization, the Ku Klux Klan. This group was organized in Tennessee probably in June of 1866, and on June 5, 1867, it held an anniversary parade in Pulaski, Tennessee. ... the Klan entered North Carolina in 1867.


White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction by Allen W. Trelease. 1971; published by Harper & Row, New York, N.Y.

Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan; Third Edition by David M. Chalmers. 1981; published by Duke University press, Durham, N.C.

A History of North Carolina by Hugh Talmadge Lefler. 4 vols. New York, 1956.

The History of North Carolina: North Carolina Since 1860 by Joseph G. DeRoulhac Hamilton. Chicago, 1919.

Reconstruction in North Carolina by Joseph G. DeRoulhac Hamilton. New York, 1914.

William F. "Bill" Kaiser * North Carolina Writer