The pandemic delayed lots of publishing projects and one was our book on the formation of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and its dedication. While the title suggests the book is all about Lincoln, it is not.
A large portion of the book deals with why the cemetery was formed, who paid for it, who designed it, and who planned it. It is a fascinating story of politics, pragmatism, patriotism, and just hard work.
About half the book is devoted to the actual dedication ceremony– its planning and implementation. There are so many conflicting stories and myths about Lincoln’s visit. It was both fun and frustrating trying to tease out truth from fiction. In the end, we mainly provided the varying viewpoints and let the reader decide for himself/herself. Aspects as basic as the appearance of the horse Lincoln rode, whether he read his speech or not, whether there was applause, whether Lincoln was sick and infected many people during his visit, and even the location of the speakers’ platform are all open to debate.
Chris Mackowski, editor of the Emerging Civil War Series was a joy to work with. What a wonderful professional!
The book runs 170 pages and is jam-packed with photos and graphics. We had fun working on it and hope you will have a chance to read it.
The book sells for $14.95. If you are interested in a personalized copy, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can oblige.
Thanks, Don Hallstrom, for suggesting an update on my projects.
1- Brigades of Antietam: All but four of the entries (there are well over a hundred) have been penned and edited. Putting on the finishing touches as the authors proof (again) their entries and I get the maps, bibliography, notes, and index in order. I am still shooting for a publication date sometime in June.
2- Lee Invades the North:A Comparison of Robert E. Lee’s Maryland and Pennsylvania Campaigns: Is also finished and I am finishing the proofing, creating maps, and creating the end materials.
3- Maps of Shiloh:I continue working with Sean Chick on this volume. We are making good progress.
No further word on the Lincoln book– is supposed to be out by June, but is still being proofed. As soon as I get through #1 or #2, I will return to the Maps of Second Bull Run Campaign. I have been told that proofing of the Maps of Spotsylvania Through Cold Harbor will begin soon.
The combination of retirement and the pandemic has given me lots of time for research and writing. This is an update. I am hoping to post more regularly. I am learning so many neat things that I would like to pass along.
Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Story of the Formation of the Soldiers National Cemetery and its Consecration: This book will be part of the Emerging Civil War Series and is in galley proof and ready to go. I hope it will be published before the upcoming summer.
Maps of Spotsylvania Through Cold Harbor: The manuscript has been finished for awhile. It is now out for review and I hope to get it to Ted Savas before the spring. The editorial process takes awhile, so it won’t be out until 2022 at the earliest. Seems so far away…
Maps of Petersburg/Appomattox: The manuscript is about 2/3rds of the way finished. It is bloody total-war and some of the engagements, like the Crater, are very difficult to comprehend.
Maps of Second Bull Run: I decided to take a break from Petersburg and have hopped onto Second Bull Run. Many have asked me about working on that project and I aim to please. I have finished 40 map-text sets, and have just about completed the battle of First Bristoe Station. I found the battle of Cedar Mountain to be especially fascinating.
Brigades of Antietam: I’ve already mentioned how a number of fellow Antietam Battlefield Guides are collaborating on this project. I am editing the project. It is almost done and I hope it will be published before the summer.
Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of the Two Confederate Invasions of the North: This book is also finished and is being reviewed by a couple of great historians. Some really interesting similarities and a like number of differences.
Hope I will keep all of you busy reading at least some of these books in the future!
Many of you are familiar with my Maps of Gettysburg book. It has received positive reviews since it was published in 2002. It is a monster, weighing in at almost 700 pages. It took me quite awhile to write but it was among my best efforts.
Now that I am a licensed guide at the Antietam National Military Park, I decided to work on a companion volume. I quickly realized that my colleagues at the park– fellow guides and rangers– could use their wealth of knowledge to assist in creating a fantastic book. I am now the editor (and will pen probably a third of the entries) and over 20 others are contributing. It is an exciting effort that will add to our overall knowledge of this great battle.
I’m pleased to announce that my newest addition to the Civil War map series will be out this March (or April). My Maps of Gettysburg volume, the first in the series also remains the largest. I was unable to add a number of maps and the greatest shortcoming was the cavalry actions. My new book corrects this oversight. The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg will contain almost 90 full-color pages of maps– many pages have two maps, so the number is probably closer to 130.
The book begins with the savage fight at Brandy Station and covers the fight for the Blue Ridge Mountain passes, how each cavalry arm got to Gettysburg (including the fights at Westminister, Hanover, and Hunterstown), the action at Gettysburg (north and south fields), and the role of cavalry in Lee’s retreat/pursuit.
I am very happy with the book and hope you will too.
My wife and I recently published a book on the largest prisoner of war camp for Confederates in the North. At one point, over 20,000 young men were incarcerated in the camp. Two other books have been published but they were highly bias and larger tomes. We wanted to write a shorter book for the general public to explain how and why the camp formed, what it was like to live and die there, and its aftermath. We also get into the Hammond General Hospital that was formed a year earlier. I will try into post portions of the book in future blogs.
We self-published the book and think it came out well. The 135 page book, with lots of illustrations can be purchased for $12 (plus $3 shipping). A portion of the proceeds will go to the St. Mary’s Historical Society and the Friends of Pt. Lookout Civil War Camp. If interested in purchasing a copy, please drop me at line at email@example.com
My sixth book in the mapping series has been published! The Maps of Fredericksburg could be my best work yet, but then I say that about all of my books when they first appear.
This volume is about the same length of most of the others– about 125 full-color maps with accompanying text. The publisher has actually lowered the retail price from $39.95 to $37.95. You can get it cheaper from Amazon. I can also sell you a personally inscribed copy at a lower price than retail. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Like all of the campaign studies I’ve completed, I learned so much. What stands out about this campaign is:
Burnside’s reluctance to assume command of the Army of the Potomac
The problems with securing enough pontoon boats to bridge the Rappahannock River
Burnside’s muddled plans to attack Lee on the heights behind and below Fredericksburg
The utter senseless destruction of Fredericksburg by the Union artillery and infantry
How close Meade and Gibbon’s divisions came to successfully piercing the Confederate line
How 21 Union brigades could be thrown against Marye’s Heights in succession
I am finishing up the Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg and the Maps of Spotsylvania (including North Anna and Cold Harbor). More on these in future posts. The next new map project will be the Maps of the Petersburg/Appomattox Campaign. Oh, and I am working with Sean Chick on a Maps of the Shiloh Campaign. He is doing the text and I am completing the maps.
It’s been while since I posted anything and lots has happened in my life. I retired in June, 2017 and my wife and I moved to Fairfield, PA a couple of months ago. Many may know it is just west of Gettysburg, which is bustling with all kinds of activities. I have been writing (will update that on a future post) and my wife has gained a studio behind our new home (which was built in 1871-72).
I am also a Gettysburg Licensed Historian, which means I give tours of the town. I am not thinking of becoming a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide anytime soon.