Rethinking Books

Rethinking Books “Don’t judge a book by its cover” may have been good advice when books were leatherbound or clothbound, but the printed dust jacket and the glossy covers of paperbacks with bold graphics and alluring titles made the cover a principal means of attracting a reader to a book.  Still, there remain some communities […]

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Combat Image

Combat Image This week, I have some more good news to share. Campaign for the Confederate Coast was reviewed on the the Civil War Books and Authors website. You can access the review here: https://cwba.blogspot.com/2021/07/review-campaign-for-confederate-coast.html. Now, on to the blog post for today. Photographs of active combat do not exist for the Civil War period […]

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Airbrushing History – Part 2

Airbrushing History Part 2 The shock was palpable.  Having read the dry, technical, and very informative description of the order of battle of the Imperial German Army (Cron, Hermann; Rogers, Duncan. Imperial German Army 1914-18, Helion and Company. Kindle Edition.), 1 the author’s conclusion was somewhat more opinionated.  It began: Whatever the reasons may have […]

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Airbrushing History – Part 1

Airbrushing History Part 1 Before getting into this blog post, I have some good news to share. Campaign for the Confederate Coast was reviewed on the Civil War Librarian’s blog as a new and noteworthy title. Here’s a link to the review for which I am very grateful. Now back to Airbrushing History … ***   […]

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Harpers Ferry – Part 4

Harpers Ferry, July 5, 2001 Part 4: Thomas Jackson’s Raid The Ranger led his audience back to the foundations of the arsenal building. "The machinery in the Federal armory for making muskets and rifles was state of the art.  The Confederacy knew that it would be important to keep the machinery in order to make […]

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Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry – Part 3

Harpers Ferry, July 5, 2001 Part 3: The Strategic Situation Photo Credit: Boston Public Library "Now, come with me, and let’s look at the strategic situation. The Ranger turned again to his right and walked out to a point of land about 50 feet above where two rivers joined together and flowed as one off […]

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Harpers Ferry – Part 2

Harpers Ferry, July 5, 2001 Part 2: John Brown’s Raid The Ranger greeted the two dozen visitors who had shown up for the two o’clock tour.  When he had their attention, he began. "The beauty of this place is compelling, with large green trees, the Shenandoah River behind me flowing into the Potomac River, and […]

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Harpers Ferry – Part 1

Harpers Ferry, July 5, 2001 Part 1: Remember the Past Photo credit: waymarking.com (I wrote the following almost 20 years ago. I love going to National Historic Sites. The Rangers usually do a wonderful job interpreting the past. The visit to Harpers Ferry in 2001 was not my first, and I have been back since, […]

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Juneteenth: Doing What’s Easy and Doing What’s Hard

Juneteenth: Doing What’s Easy and Doing What’s Hard The passage of a law establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday caused a gush of good feeling in the media coverage.   What does a new national holiday signify?  Government offices and many businesses close, many employees get a day off, and major retailers tout celebratory discount prices. […]

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My book Titled ‘Campaign for the Confederate Coast’

My book Titled ‘Campaign for the Confederate Coast’ Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope this post finds you well. My book titled Campaign for the Confederate Coast: Blockading, Blockade Running and Related Endeavors during the American Civil War will officially launch Saturday, June 19, 2021. This coincides with Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery […]

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