Civil War Talks on the Life of Jacob Cox, the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Franklin, and the War in West Virginia

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A picture says a thousands words — here is an example. This is the official portrait of Jacob Cox as Governor of Ohio. He was elected in 1865 while still in the Volunteer Army. He chose to be pictured as what I call the consummate “citizen-general.” A self-trained military man, Cox the private citizen had an outstanding military career in the Civil War, but then chose to return to civilian life. In the painting he wears his dress uniform as a two-star Major General, but in his hand is his commission as Governor. On the table behind him is his commission as a general, his sword and scabbard, and his binoculars. The latter are symbols of what he has left behind, but also reminders that they are available if the nation calls again. This is among the reasons why I put this picture on the cover of my biography of Cox, “Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” The book is available via amazon. com. See also my web-site, https://civilwarhistory-geneschmiel.com

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CIVIL WAR WOMEN II; STILL UNDERESTIMATED AND INDISPENSABLE

The next book in my series, “Civil War Personalities, 50 At a Time,” is CIVIL WAR WOMEN II, STILL UNDERESTIMATED AND INDISPENSABLE . It will be published and available soon.

Following the great success of my first volume about Civil War women, many people, and especially women, suggested that there were many more stories to tell about the women who made a difference in the Civil War era. In this book, you can read about women such as Laura Towne, groundbreaking educator; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree; Mary Meachum, Underground Railroad conductor; “Captain” Sally Tompkins, Confederate nurse, and many others.

FIRST-EVER BIO OF GENERAL IRVIN MCDOWELL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

On August 7, the first-ever biography of Union Civil War General Irvin McDowell, the commander at First Bull Run, was published on amazon.com. Frank Simione and I have worked on this book for several years, and are proud to offer SEARCHING FOR IRVING MCDOWELL, FORGOTTEN CIVIL WAR GENERAL to the Civil War readership. Irvin McDowell is no longer forgotten!

Why no one had done a biography of McDowell, who at the time commanded the largest army in American history at First Bull Run, is a mystery. But now McDowell has his biography and the community has the opportunity to read his history.

The book, in both ebook and paperback formats, is available via my web-site and at amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HV4SSWK

“SEARCHING FOR IRVIN MCDOWELL” WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS WEEK!

My colleague Frank Simione and I will be publishing our book, “Searching for Irvin McDowell, Forgotten Civil War General,” in early August. This is the first biography of this ill-fated Union General, who commanded the largest U.S. army to that point in history at the First Battle of Bull Run, the 160th anniversary of which we have just commemorated.

More information to follow, but here is the planned book cover.

“SEARCHING FOR IRVIN MCDOWELL” WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS WEEK!

My colleague Frank Simione and I will be publishing our book, “Searching for Irvin McDowell, Forgotten Civil War General,” in early August. This is the first biography of this ill-fated Union General, who commanded the largest U.S. army to that point in history at the First Battle of Bull Run, the 160th anniversary of which we have just commemorated.

More information to follow, but here is the planned book cover.

Confederate Statue Removal in Congress voted by House: Read the only book which covers this issue: “The Civil War in Statuary Hall”

Yesterday, June 29, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to remove all Confederate statues from the Halls of Congress. It is uncertain if the Senate will agree to the legislation. Here is a link to the Washington Post article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/congress-confederates-statues-house/2021/06/29/304f7960-d8db-11eb-9bbb-37c30dcf9363_story.html

My book, “The Civil War in Statuary Hall” is the only one which covers these issues, including the Confederate statues which are there now and those which have been removed. Available on my web-site and at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HV4SSWK

CIVIL WAR CRUISING

Civil War Cruising

I just finished my second two week cruise for American Cruise Lines this year.

That company was one of the first to begin cruising after the pandemic, and I was privileged to be the Civil War Speaker on two cruises in April aboard the “American Star” and the “Independence” between Jacksonville and Charleston. We traveled the Intracoastal Waterway, with stops in Jekyll Island, Savannah, Port Royal, Hilton Head, Beaufort, and Charleston.

Then, from May 29 to June 13 I was the Civil War Speaker on two cruises, New Orleans to Memphis and then from Memphis to New Orleans. Along the way we stopped in Natchez, St.Francisville, and Baton Rouge, and of course spent a full day roaming the Vicksburg battle field. For this cruise we traveled on “The American Jazz,” the newest and largest ship in the fleet. Quite an experience.

I have three more cruises scheduled for this year, including one for the entire (or most of) Mississippi River, from New Orleans to St. Paul.

Below is a photo of the American Jazz, and for more information about this great cruise line, see: http://www.americancruiselines.com

CIVIL WAR CRUISING

Civil War Cruising

I just finished my second two week cruise for American Cruise Lines this year.

That company was one of the first to begin cruising after the pandemic, and I was privileged to be the Civil War Speaker on two cruises in April aboard the “American Star” and the “Independence” between Jacksonville and Charleston. We traveled the Intracoastal Waterway, with stops in Jekyll Island, Savannah, Port Royal, Hilton Head, Beaufort, and Charleston.

Then, from May 29 to June 13 I was the Civil War Speaker on two cruises, New Orleans to Memphis and then from Memphis to New Orleans. Along the way we stopped in Natchez, St.Francisville, and Baton Rouge, and of course spent a full day roaming the Vicksburg battle field. For this cruise we traveled on “The American Jazz,” the newest and largest ship in the fleet. Quite an experience.

I have three more cruises scheduled for this year, including one for the entire (or most of) Mississippi River, from New Orleans to St. Paul.

Below is a photo of the American Jazz, and for more information about this great cruise line, see: http://www.americancruiselines.com

CIVIL WAR VIRGINIANS — NOW ON SALE

The latest book in my series, “Civil War Personalities,” CIVIL WAR VIRGINIANS, is now available in both ebook and paperback at:

The four years of Civil War, 1861-5, saw Virginians take leadership roles on both sides. Virginian Winfield Scott was the Union’s General-in-Chief, and Virginian Robert E. Lee would ultimately hold the same position for the Confederacy.  Virginian Francis Pierpont would lead the effort to create West Virginia, and Virginian Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson would fight to hold the allegiance of that region for the Confederacy.  This book takes a look at those people and 46 others who played key roles in many fields during the war.  The historical influence of Virginia likely multiplied their influence and example as they engaged in the “American Iliad.” 

On the cover of the book are four Virginians on each side: Union: Scott, George Thomas, Pierpont, and Martin Delany; Confederate: Lee, Joseph Johnston, Stonewall Jackson, and Phoebe Pember. In the center is the symbol from the state flag.

I hope you enjoy the book.

Civil War Virginians and other books on sale!

Just a short note to let you know that my books in the “Civil War Personalities, 50 At a Time,” are on sale at amazon.com. The eight produced so far have gotten a most welcome response from you, the reading, public, and I look forward to the same when the next one, “Civil War Women, volume two,” comes out soon. All the best.

CIVIL WAR VIRGINIANS COMING SOON!

The latest book in my series, “Civil War Personalities, 50 At A Time,” is entitled CIVIL WAR VIRGINIANS, and I hope to have it published and available by the end of the month of April.

Virginia was in many ways the pivotal state for the Civil War era. It did not secede at first, and in fact early in 1861 its representatives to a secession convention voted against secession. When Virginia officially left the Union, not all of its citizens went along.

My book covers a wide gamut of Virginia leaders on both sides of the Civil War, from Unionists like Winfield Scott and George Thomas to Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Edmund Ruffin.

Below is the cover of the book.