"Peculiarly distinguished among the advance guard, where all were distinguished, must be recorded . . . Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, 'I will give them one more shot before I leave,' and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post." - General Henry R. Jackson in his report of the Battle of Greenbrier River.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Kindle Book

On December 6, I will be offering My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy as a free download on Amazon.com's Kindle. I would love to hear any comments about the book. Please feel free to leave a review on Amazon. You can find the listing here.

P.S. You can go to the site now and download a sample of the first five chapters.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

My wife, twin daughters and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please be safe as you travel to be with your loved ones this holiday.
I am very pleased to announce that My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy is now available on Amazon.com, and will be out on Kindle within the next couple of days. The paperback edition is available here.
Update - the Kindle edition is now available here.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

More Online Sources

As mentioned in a previous post, period newspapers are a gold mine of information when doing research for a particular place, person or organization. There are many online sources of material, some free, some available for a fee.  The following are some of the sites I used in researching I Will Give Them One More Shot, and am going back to for my research for my upcoming novel My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy.

Fold3.com: Formerly Footnote.com, this subscription site contains a wealth of military records covering the entire history of the United States, including the Compiled Service Records from the National Archives. http://www.fold3.com/

Augusta Chronicle Online Records: This site contains archives for the Augusta, Georgia, Chronicle and Sentinel newspapers. A search of newspapers can be done for free, but the site charges a fee of $19.95 for a one month pass (download up to 200 articles), or a one day pass at $9.95 (download up to 50 articles).  http://www.augustaarchives.com/

Another fee-based service is Newspaper Archive.com, with subscriptions ranging from monthly to annual.  http://www.newspaperarchive.com/

The University of Virginia hosts a free research site called The Valley of the Shadow, which "details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of reconstruction." This archive includes access to letters, newspapers, diaries and a multitude of other records for the years just before, during and after the Civil War.  http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/