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Local author Michael K. Brantley has been awarded an Archie K. Davis Fellowship for 2019-20 to help fund research on his latest book project about an overlooked North Carolina historical figure from the 19th century.
Brantley’s second book is due out this fall from the University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books. “Galvanized: The Unlikely Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate” follows a Nash County man who served in both the Confederate and Union armies, fought in several major engagements, escaped capture, walked home and later was a public servant before being involved in a bizarre murder.
His first book, “Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey” (Black Rose Writing) was released in 2015 and made it to No. 1 on Amazon in nonfiction and memoir in October 2016.
Davis Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis from the North Caroliniana Society for writers to conduct research in the state on North Carolina topics “to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.” The program was established in 1988 and is based at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“It is an honor to receive a Davis Fellowship, and an obligation to do thorough research on a topic that would be interesting to North Carolinians,” Brantley said. “Without giving away too much — since the book is still in the early stages — I think readers will wonder why they haven’t read more about this character from the War of 1812.”