Elizabeth Thomas is a writer who has published short stories in national literary magazines. Her family has lived in western North Carolina since the 18th century. She is William Holland Thomas’s great-great granddaughter.
Kirk Savage is professor of art and architectural history at the University of Pittsburgh. His books include Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton, 1997) and, as editor, The Civil War in Art and Memory (Yale, 2016). He descends, on his father’s side, from farmers in the Alabama piedmont who fought on both sides in the Civil War.