Providing military leaders was one of the many contributions North Carolina made to the Confederate cause. Almost three dozen men served as generals of various ranks. Barefoot focuses on two of them - Robert F. Hoke and Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Born four days and thirty miles apart in 1837, they were friends for life, but each met different fates. Hoke survived the war as the state's top general, but Ramseur was killed in the fighting in the Shenandoah Valley.