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Concord and Salisbury authors have new books

Caleb Wygal of Concord has published “A Murder in Concord” through PublishAmerica.
Meet the Fitzgeralds, one of the richest families in North Carolina. Owners of the wildly successful Fitzgerald’s line of restaurants, they are a picture-perfect family and pillars of the community of Concord until the morning the owner, Trent, is found dead in the middle of the highly secure Fitzgerald’s Inc. parking lot.
The only person who appears on the police’s radar is Trent’s assistant, Lucas Caine ó the person who found Trent and the last person to see Trent alive.
When Lucas finds himself in the cross-hairs as a potential suspect, he launches his own investigation using his intimate knowledge of the Fitzgerald family to try to clear his name. He finds a dark side to this family no one knew about, and what he finds could lead to his death.
Wygal is also the author of “Moment of Impact.” He lives in Concord with his wife.
New biography
Kendal Mobley, pastor of Enon Baptist Church in Salisbury, has a recently published book, “Helen Barrett Montgomery: The Global Mission of Domestic Feminism,” which Baylor University Press released earlier this year.
It is a revision of Mobley’s doctoral dissertation, which was completed at the Boston University School of Theology in 2004.
Helen Barrett Montgomery (1861-1934) was a social reformer, a Baptist luminary, and a prominent intellectual of the American women’s ecumenical missionary movement.
In this biography, Mobley analyzes Montgomery’s intellectual development and locates her in the context of her rapidly-changing times. Mobley explores Montgomery’s early family influences, her education and spiritual development, and her relationship with other notable individuals, including Susan B. Anthony.
Mobley points out Montgomery believed that Christianity gave women equal spiritual and social status with men. Consequently, she saw “woman’s work for woman” as the cutting edge of a global movement for women’s emancipation.
Cabarrus Civil War account
Timothy W. Auten of Concord has written “The Battle of Wyse Fork: N.C.’s Neglected Civil War Engagement.”
Auten writes in a press release: “In March 1865, Federal Gen. J.D. Cox began marching 13,000 men from New Bern to Goldsboro. … Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg was went with 8,500 troope to meet him just to the southeast of Kinston. With him were soldiers from Cabarrus County, Co. H, 8th N.C. Regiment. Organized in Mount Pleasant in 1861 with 1,800 men, this unit only had 150 remaining in 1865.”
One of its recruits was Professor H.T.J. Ludwig of North Carolina college (known today as the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum).
Ludwig wrote, “the fighting was severe, with the regiment loosing (cq) quite a number of men.”
Auten writes of the battle’s place in history, strategies, field hospitals and other aspects of the event.
A limited supply is available from the author. The $25 hardcover includes photos, maps, glossary, bibliography, appendices, and an index. Contact Timothy W. Auten, 250 Central Heights Drive, Concord NC 28025; e-mail twauten@yahoo.com or call 704-782-3703.

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