Charlotte: Underappreciated hub of Confederacy

I asked historian Michael C. Hardy what surprised him most in researching his forthcoming “Civil War Charlotte”:
“How little recognition that Civil War Charlotte has gotten over the past 150 years….
“Charlotte was a major rail hub, had some major private sector manufacturing facilities, had one of the most important Confederate naval manufacturing yards, plus Confederate medical works and chemical works, and was the last capital of the Confederacy.
“Yet the role of the city and war in most Civil War histories is relegated to a sentence or two, usually about the week Jefferson Davis and the Confederate government spent here at the end of the war.”