Category Archives: Books

“Antiques Roadshow”-type event in York County; concurrent book signing

The Manchester Township Historical Society is sponsoring an Antique Appraisal Clinic (in the spirit of the popular TV program Antiques Roadshow). This popular event will take place this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, … Continue reading

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First ever biography of Union General Gordon Granger

Civil War buffs familiar with the battle of Chickamauga likely are familiar with the name Gordon Granger. Commanding the Reserve Corps, on his own initiative and without orders, he moved his force to Snodgrass Hill to reinforce Maj. Gen. George … Continue reading

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Savas Beatie Title Wins Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award

El Dorado Hills, CA January 16, 2014 – Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. was selected as the 2013 winner of the Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award. The … Continue reading

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New Lincoln book drawing strong reviews

Hundreds of books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Many focus naturally on his conduct of the Civil War and/or his dealings with the slavery emancipation question. Some deal more with his congressional … Continue reading

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Holiday book signing!!!

My good friend and co-author Jim McClure and I extend our holiday greetings to you, dear Cannonball readers. We hope you have a great holiday season and get to spend time with your loved ones and friends. Jim and I … Continue reading

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New book looks at immigrant Civil War soldiers who received the Medal of Honor

Corporal Peter McAdams, of Company A, 98th Pennsylvania, received the Medal of Honor  for his actions on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Salem Church in northern Virginia. His citation reads “Went 250 yards in front of his regiment … Continue reading

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New Cooper Wingert book has essays on Dick Ewell at Carlisle

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, played a key role in the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. As with neighboring York County, its strategic importance to Confederate military movements has been downplayed somewhat over the years as the focal shifted to Adams County and the … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Civil War collection featured in new book

While the public unfortunately cannot currently enter the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., because of the government shutdown, some of their extensive holdings of Civil War relics, artifacts, letters, uniforms, photographs, and ephemera can be viewed in a fascinating new … Continue reading

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George Franks’ new book on the Battle of Falling Waters, 1863

One of the last battles of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign took place near Williamsport, Maryland, when Union cavalry attacked the Confederate rear guard at Falling Waters, named for a nearby small waterfall in the Potomac River. The swirling fighting took … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s Charge: New book by Dr. Phillip Thomas Tucker

It was perhaps his finest hour as a military officer. It was also his last. In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale led his veteran Mississippians forward on the Second Day of the Battle … Continue reading

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