As a boy growing up in Decatur in the 1920s, author Noel Carpenter played on the sites described in this book. After graduating from the University of Alabama and earning a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carpenter spent 30 years as a command pilot and Air Force officer. Later in life he combined a lifelong interest in Civil War history with his military experience and examined the episode that had unfolded in his hometown more than a century earlier. He spent 12 years researching and writing his account.
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