1. “OHIO HEROES” PAPERBACK NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE! 2. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ORANGE OSAGE TREE

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The paperback version of my newest book, “Ohio Heroes of the Battle of Franklin,” is now available for sale for 13.99 at  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1686821778

Note: the cover and colors of the book have a unique meaning.  The title and the images of Cox, Opdycke, and Casement appear on a field of green leaves.  These leaves symbolize the Orange Osage plant (pictured below), a prickly bush with clinging leaves and sharp thorns.  The Union forces under Cox and Casement, on the advice of the farm boys among the Union soldiers, who had used this plant as a hedge to control their livestock.  placed large amounts of the bushes in front of their defensive lines.  The Confederates who charged into those lines at the Battle of Franklin were startled to find that what looked like an innocuous bush was in fact a briar patch which held them, scratched them, and made them easy targets for the Union.

The title page is surrounded by a field of Orange to symbolize the Orange Osage plant, though admittedly it is a misnomer since the Orange Osage fruit in fact is not orange when it ripens.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maclura_pomifera for a description of the “Maclura Pomifera” plant — also known as the “hedge” or “hedge apple” tree.”

 

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Author: geneofva

Author of "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," and of the upcoming "Lincoln, Antietam, and a Northern Lost Cause."

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