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NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST AND SLAVERY: SIGNS OF CHANGE

On Sunday Nov. 14, at the beginning of my latest stint as a speaker aboard American Cruise Lines ships, I was strolling through downtown Memphis when I came upon two historical markers. They are representative of the evolving discussion of the Civil War and related matters.

The first marker, placed by the Tennessee Historical Commission on an unknown date, stated that Forrest lived on the site and that “his business enterprises made him wealthy” before the war. No details were given about those “enterprises.”

About 50 yards from that marker was another, placed in 2018 by a local church and the National Park Service, which described in detail, on both sides, those enterprises, e.g. buying and selling slaves, violating the law about importing slaves for sale, etc. etc.

Below are photos of the signs.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Visit

Yesterday, on the way back from a trip to Chincoteague, we stopped at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. It was a moving experience to learn so much about this American heroine and her struggles and triumphs. Highly recommended.

The movie “Harriet,” about her life, came out a couple of years ago and was quite well done. It too was a great learning experience.

Below are pictures of me in front of the building and my two books about Civil War Women. As is only appropriate, Harriet Tubman’s picture is at the center of my first book on that topic. Enjoy!

“CIVIL WAR WOMEN II” NOW AVAILABLE

The latest book in my series, “Civil War Personalities, 50 At a Time,” CIVIL WAR WOMEN II: STILL UNDERESTIMATED AND INDISPENSABLE, has now been published and is available at amazon.com:

This book follows on my earlier look at 50 important women of the Civil War era with 50 additional groundbreaking women, including Laura Towne, the key actor in “Rehearsal for Reconstruction” on the Sea Islands. Others are Vinnie Ream, the scandalous sculptress of Lincoln’s statue in Statuary Hall, Mary Meachum, Underground Railroad Conductor, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the U.S., and famed author and Civil War nurse, Louisa May Alcott. I hope you enjoy this and the other books in the series.

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

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