I also picked up a copy of Hardy's Remembering North Carolina's Confederates, which has already helped fill in the holes for some of the Civil War waymarks I've created (the memorials in Edenton and Tarboro). Thumbing through the rest of this book has already been a great joy -- I really look forward to reading it and examining the photographs in detail.
After the meeting, I chatted with Hardy for a bit, specifically talking about monuments in Eastern NC. He said that he's working on a second volume for Remembering North Carolina's Confederates, and that he'll be including more from Eastern NC in that volume. I'm already looking forward to that.
I'm also going to enjoy following Hardy's blog and reading about the research he's doing for upcoming books.