Reviews and Commentary

North Carolina Civil War Atlas by Mark A. Moore

Maps by Mark A. Moore

Reports about black casualties differed widely . . . but records are incomplete, making the Wilmington Race Riot Commission’s report, [LeRae] Umfleet’s list of African Americans killed and wounded, and Mark A. Moore’s maps the best available documentation.

WERNER SOLLORS, Editor of The Marrow of Tradition, by Charles W. Chesnutt, A Norton Critical Edition (W. W. Norton & Co., 2012)​


Mark Anderson Moore is a superb cartographer. His maps, based on his own deep, independent research, are detailed but clear. They add greatly to any reader’s understanding of a work of military history. With some of the work that we have done together, Mark has mapped actions for the first time, meaning that his work has added to the overall body of knowledge. His maps are a great addition to my work.

ERIC J. WITTENBERG, author of The Second Battle of Winchester (Savas Beatie, 2016), and many others​


Principle credit here goes to Mark Moore. . . . He conceived the idea [for The North Carolina Civil War Atlas]. This was his initiative. He is by my likes the best Civil War mapmaker in the country. Plus he knows the North Carolina war story better than just about anyone. So Mark came from a great background to produce very fine maps. He also guided us with respect to an outline.

MICHAEL HILL, Director of Historical Research, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Co-author of The Old North State at War (NCDNCR, 2015)


Without Mark Moore’s extraordinary mapmaking skills this book would be only a shadow of its current self. With the possible exception of the maps by Haldane and Stedman (both of whom were actually present on 15 March 1781) Mark’s works are perhaps the most accurate visual representations available for what happened that day.

LAWRENCE E. BABITS and JOSHUA B. HOWARD, authors of Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse (UNC Press, 2009)


A campaign study needs a sufficient number of maps to assist the reader in understanding troop movements and dispositions, as well as to get a feel for the lay of the land. No cartographer working today produces finer visual representations than Mark A. Moore. . . . I am indebted to his minute attention to detail, evident in each of his exceptional plates.

CHRIS E. FONVIELLE JR., author of Last Rays of Departing Hope: The Wilmington Campaign (Savas, 1997)


I can’t thank my good friend and partner, Mark A. Moore, enough for his contribution. The series of maps that graces this volume attests to Mark’s extraordinary skill and scholarship. Mark began his study of the Battle of Bentonville several years before I did, and had already drafted a set of maps for the March 19 battle when we first met. These maps were a revelation. Since then, we have collaborated, Mark drafting the maps while I wrote the text. Moreover, Mark’s specialized knowledge of the battle enabled him to suggest many improvements to the manuscript. His contribution has resulted in a far better book than I could have written on my own.

MARK L. BRADLEY, author of Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville (Savas Woodbury, 1995)



An unsurpassed publication . . . a must for all battlefield stompers who lust to walk in the steps of history . . . a model of excellence for which future publications of this character will strive.

EDWIN C. BEARSS, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service


A masterful piece of work.

JOHN G. BARRETT, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Military Institute


Skillfully and effectively employing tactical and modern highway maps, along with a clear explanatory narrative that is keyed to both, Mark A. Moore’s book on the Battle of Bentonville is simply the best Civil War battlefield guide ever compiled. It will serve as a model for all future efforts.

CRAIG L. SYMONDS, Professor Emeritus, United States Naval Academy


The quality . . . is so remarkable that I have had to implement a waiting list for people to see it.

LT. COL. AL AYCOCK, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Undoubtedly the finest battlefield resource ever seen by this reviewer. The maps are models of clarity and comprehensiveness . . . . Perhaps most importantly, Moore’s masterful work places Bentonville in the complete context of Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign and the entire Carolina-Virginia Theater. This work is unquestionably indispensable to both the serious Civil War scholar and the tourist.



A greatly welcome piece of historical literature . . . . Mark Moore shows in vast detail the last major battle of the war. The full page maps are masterfully drawn and show the troop movements on an easy to follow scale. The commentary and insights . . . are extremely helpful in understanding the action.

NORTH & SOUTH magazine


One of the most dramatic, and in many ways poignant, scenes of the very late War 1865 . . . . Moore quite brilliantly lets much of the story be told by the participants, in well-selected quotes from diaries, letters, official reports and postwar books.



The outstanding maps in this large-format guide . . . link the past with the present, depicting both the movements of the ‘bluebellies’ and ‘rebels’ in 1865 and modern highways you can travel with ease to inspect the ground.

OBSERVER-TIMES, Fayetteville, N.C.



Mark Moore has used this re-examination of the Fort Fisher campaign to demonstrate the importance of the Crimean War as the most recent conflict between major powers, and a key stage in the development of the modern earthwork fortification. . . . Moore has placed us all in his debt with his skilled cartography and clear exposition of the last great example of naval power projection in the American Civil War.

ANDREW D. LAMBERT, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London


Despite the static nature of one compared with the mobility of the other, the Crimean War and the American Civil War have many similarities . . . . Mark Moore’s Wilmington Campaign and the Battles for Fort Fisher devotes a full section to the comparison, with a detailed consideration of the siege of Sebastopol and a brief account of the bombardment of Kinburn . . . . a beautifully produced book with copious illustrations. It will be enjoyed by those who like to read a little wider than our core subject Crimean War and I warmly recommend it.

MAJ. COLIN ROBINS, The War Correspondent, Journal of the Crimean War Research Society


Moore’s detailed comparison between the Malakoff and Fort Fisher is absolutely fascinating. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone . . . . The Wilmington Campaign and the Battles for Fort Fisher deserves a place in the library of any student of mid-nineteenth-century military history.

MICHAEL HARGREAVE MAWSON, Crimean War Research Society, England


A tour de force! . . . the best publication of this character that I have seen in more than 50 years.

EDWIN C. BEARSS, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service


Excellent, well researched, and soundly reasoned and presented.

STEVEN E. WOODWORTH, Texas Christian University


Lavishly illustrated with outstanding maps and both contemporary and modern photographs, this is the definitive study of the capture of the Confederacy’s last seacoast bastion, Fort Fisher. Outstanding value.

NORTH & SOUTH magazine


It is doubtful that any history of a Civil War campaign has ever been better illustrated than this one . . . . Mark Moore is a master at military maps, and the ones in this volume are unsurpassed in their accuracy, detail, and clarity . . . . His narrative is well written, thoughtful, and accurate . . . . Every battle scholar and armchair general of the Civil War will want to own this book.


Don’t be fooled by all the artwork. This book is chock full of great writing and solid research.

THE PARAPET, Civil War Fortification Study Group



The reader has one advantage that the soldier did not have, and it is a big one: the thirty-six exquisite battlefield maps by Mark A. Moore which depict the location of forces down to the regimental level and are among the best maps in any book.

CRAIG L. SYMONDS, Professor Emeritus, United States Naval Academy


Last Stand in the Carolinas is a fine, fine book. . . . The numerous maps are especially helpful.

RICHARD M. McMURRY, Valdosta State University, North Carolina State University


The 36 Maps by Mark A. Moore are superb. They go beyond complementing the text—one could practically follow the battle and understand all the action by using the maps alone.



An important addition is the 36 maps by North Carolina cartographer Mark A. Moore. Moore is a long-time student of the battle and his maps are crucial to the reader’s understanding of what happened in the closing days of the war in North Carolina. Moore’s maps are such a significant part of the book that future writers would be wise to use his work as an example of the importance of maps in works of military history.

STAR-BANNER, Ocala, Florida


Not only are there 600 pages of text; Thirty-six clear and concise maps occupy as many pages. Produced for this book by Mark A. Moore, the cartography . . . adds tremendously to the lucidity of the study as a whole.

CIVIL WAR COURIER, Buffalo, New York​



Mark A. Moore, whose excellent maps added so much to [Last Stand in the Carolinas], returns to work his magic with maps on [Last Rays of Departing Hope], establishing himself as one of, if not the leading cartographer producing Civil War maps today. . . . Kudos to Savas Publishing for providing consistently well-researched, well-written volumes [and] a hearty well done to Chris Fonvielle Jr. and Mark Moore.



Very well designed [with] good use of numerous photos and maps. In fact, the battlefield maps in this book are particularly notable because they remain clear and readable and are still packed with pertinent detail. These maps also include an exceptional double-sided fold-out that features the defenses of the Cape Fear River and details of Fort Fisher.



Some of the finest maps ever to grace the pages of a Civil War book.

BLUE & GRAY magazine