My Love, My Enemy is a spy thriller, a love story, and an adventure story woven within the fabric of actual historical events during the American Civil War. Fairfax and Cassandra love one another deeply; however, each takes a different side during the Civil War. Unknown to Fairfax, his wife is recruited to spy for the Union while he serves in the Confederate Army. In studying the Civil War, Author Joe B. Hewitt found that according to letters sent home by soldiers, that both sides believed deeply that their cause was just. My Love, My Enemy expresses those convictions felt by both the North and the South. Both used the same slogan, “Our cause is just, continue we must.”
This is the first full-length biography of the Civil War general who saved the Union army from catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga, and went on to play major roles in the Chattanooga and Mobile campaigns. Immediately after the war, as commander of U.S. troops in Texas, his actions sparked the “Juneteenth” celebrations of slavery’s end, which continue to this day.
“[T]here will be no turning back,” said Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. It was May, 1864. The Civil War had dragged into its fourth spring. It was time to end things, Grant resolved, once and for all.
With the Union Army of the Potomac as his sledge, Grant crossed the Rapidan River, intending to draw the Army of Northern Virginia into one final battle. Short of that, he planned “to hammer continuously against the armed forces of the enemy and his resources, until by mere attrition, if in no other way, there should be nothing left to him . . . .”
From a distinguished historian of the America South comes this thoroughly human portrait of the complex man at the center of our nation’s most epic struggle.
Jefferson Davis initially did not wish to leave the Union-as the son of a veteran of the American Revolution and as a soldier and senator, he considered himself a patriot. William J. Cooper shows us how Davis’ initial reluctance turned into absolute commitment to the Confederacy. He provides a thorough account of Davis’ life, both as the Confederate President and in the years before and after the war. Elegantly written and impeccably researched, Jefferson Davis, American is the definitive examination of one of the most enigmatic figures in our nation’s history.
The Barker family lives in a remote valley of Tennessee during the Civil War, finding themselves in the chaos of the bloody conflict. Although to many the issues are black and white, the Barkers exist in a world of uncertainty. To protect their homes and lives, they must often reevaluate their beliefs in the midst of life altering upheaval. Their valley neighbors are no different. They also must make quick decisions about loyalty, family, and duty. The Sequatchie Valley is not one of wealth, but it is one of beauty. War threatens at their very doorsteps, and actions have far-reaching and unexpected consequence. Even as the war comes to an end, things are no easier. The country might be under the guise of peace, but conflicts do not cease. The Barker’s isolation brings dangerous people to their realm. Externally, they must fight as they heal from the physical and emotional scars of the Civil War. They will persevere, as Americans always have, but at what price? Read More….
Although many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig. Gen. John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a single book-length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863. Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg rectifies this glaring oversight with “The Devil’s to Pay”: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour.
Sweep the Shenandoah Valley “clean and clear,” Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant ordered in the late summer of 1864.
His man for the job: Maj. Gen. “Little Phil” Sheridan, the bandy-legged Irishman who’d proven himself just the kind of scrapper Grant loved. Grant turned Sheridan loose across Virginia’s most vital landscape, the breadbasket of the Confederacy.
PATRIOTS AND REBELS is a true story, imagined, and set in the years 1863-65. In it we encounter the stark reality of patriotism and rebellion played out in the words, thoughts, experiences and emotions of Thomas Files and his fourteen-year-old daughter Mary Francis. Born and raised in the hill country of north Alabama, Tom is determined to defend the United States of America as his ancestors had done in 1776. His strong sense of patriotic loyalty places him and his family in situations of profound conflict and danger. Patriots and Rebels is based on the actual records of real people, as found in the National Archives and published biographical sketches. There were at least a hundred thousand men like Tom Files – white Southerners fighting for the Union – from every Confederate state except South Carolina. Their story has been largely neglected, particularly in historical fiction.
It has been called Robert E. Lee’s supreme moment: riding into the Chancellorsville clearing…the mansion itself aflame in the background…his gunpowder-smeared soldiers crowding around him, hats off, cheering wildly.
After one of the most audacious gambits of the war, Lee and his men had defeated a foe more than two and half times their size. The Federal commander, “Fighting Joe” Hooker, had boasted days earlier that his plans were perfect — yet his army had crumbled, and Hooker himself had literally been knocked senseless.
Richmond Redeemed pioneered study of Civil War Petersburg. The original (and long out of print) award-winning 1981 edition conveyed an epic narrative of crucial military operations in early autumn 1864 that had gone unrecognized for more than 100 years. Readers will rejoice that Richard J. Sommers’s masterpiece, in a revised Sesquicentennial edition, is once again available.
From Territorial days through the end of the Civil War, small clusters of former slaves, free people of color, lived within the boundaries of Madison County, Alabama. No longer in bondage, they would make their own way. The social order of their day made this exceedingly difficult. Free people of color were viewed with suspicion and fear by whites, and were never totally accepted by black slaves. This is a study of their history within the setting of the Deep South, including the many restrictions and few liberties allowing them to earn a living and take pleasure in their families, church and free time, as they remained under the strict scrutiny of the larger community.
The book includes 1) an introductory essay, 2) a Combined 1830-1860 Census, 3) an 1865 Black Huntsville Census and 4) materials collected from Alabama State Assembly and Madison County court records, arranged alphabetically by name. Read More….
During the first winter of the war, Confederate soldiers derided the men of an Alabama Confederate unit for their yellow-trimmed uniforms that allegedly resembled the plumage of the yellow-shafted flicker or “yellowhammer” (now the Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, and the state bird of Alabama). The soldiers’ nickname, “Yellowhammers,” came from this epithet. After the war, Alabama veterans proudly wore yellowhammer feathers in their hats or lapels when attending reunions. Celebrations throughout the state have often expanded on that pageantry and glorified the figures, events, and battles of the Civil War with sometimes dubious attention to historical fact and little awareness of those who supported, resisted, or tolerated the war off the battlefield.
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