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For Readers & Enthusiasts of Civil War America

I hope you revel with me in my latest news & events and find something enjoyable to read or view amongst my favorite novels, non-fiction books, movies/mini-series, and links.

Latest News & Events (2016):

Had tons of fun, greeting old friends at the Chronicle Book Fair in Queensbury, NY (Sunday, November 6th) & planning lots of events in the New Year!

Was invited to co-host the “Simply the Best Holiday Celebration” FB Party, organized by PA IN A Pinch (Saturday, November 12th) — had a blast & made lots of new friends who came over to my FB Page & kept me company throughout the day when I had trouble getting my planned posts, games, & giveaways operating–SIGH!

Filled up with tears when I learned (Friday, November 11th) that Train to Glory won First Place for Children’s Literature in the Arizona Authors’ Association’s 2016 International Literary Contest and was a Finalist for 2016 Arizona Book of the Year!  

What I’m Currently Reading:

Sharpshooting in the Civil War by Major John Plaster

Sharpshooters of the American Civil War 1861-1865 by Philip Katcher & Steve Walsh

The Civil War Wedding by Charles A. Mills

“Civil War Times” Magazine — August/September 2016 Issue

Civil War Novels:

North and South Trilogy, The Kent Family Chronicles, Charleston, Savannah, The Gods of Newport by John Jakes

The Killer Angels (Pulitzer Prize-Winning) by Michael Shaara

Texas by James A. Michener

Seneca Falls Series by Miriam Grace Monfredo 

The Last Silk Dress and In My Father’s House by Ann Rinaldi

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

The Safeguard: A Novel of Georgia in 1864 by Diana Wilder

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

March by Geraldine Brooks


Civil War Curiosities: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences by Webb Garrison

Amazing Women of the Civil War by Webb Garrison

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: A True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy by Elizabeth R. Varon

Beyond the Battlefield: The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Times of the Civil War Soldier by David Madden

What They Fought For 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson

While Cannons Roared: The Civil War Behind the Lines by John M. Taylor

Our Army Nurses: Stories from Women in the Civil War by Mary Gardner Holland

Maps of the Civil War: The Roads They Took by David Phillips

Everyday Life During the Civil War: A Guide for Writers, Students, and Historians by Michael J. Varhola

Clara Barton: Civil War Nurse by Nancy Whitelaw

The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union by Bell Irvin Wiley

Civil War Medicine: 1861 – 1865 by Keith C. Wilbur, M.D.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman

Cousins of Reform: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Gerrit Smith by Norman K. Dann

Civil War Ghost Stories & Legends by Nancy Roberts

More for Readers & Enthusiasts of Civil War America

I’ll let you in on a little secret: After I discovered a passion for history and reading historical fiction, I started gravitating toward lighter non-fiction. Besides John Jakes’ novels, the first book on the above non-fiction list lured me toward Civil War America in particular. And shortly after I finished that, I discovered in the second-listed book the seedling of the idea that would turn into Sweet Glory!

My four most-prized possessions that helped me breathe life into the 10th New York Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in which my primary protagonist, Jana Brady (aka Union Cavalryman Johnnie Brodie), enlisted are:

History of the Tenth Regiment of Cavalry, New York State Volunteers, August 1861 to August 1865 by Noble D. Preston (Commissary Officer for the 10th NY or Porter Guards–as they were nicknamed) 

Civil War Campaigns of the 10th New York Cavalry: With One Soldier’s Correspondences by Ron Matteson

72 Days at Gettysburg: Organization of the 10th Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry by George A. Rummel III

The Ties to the Past: The Gettysburg Diaries of Salome Myers Stewart, 1854-1922 by Sarah Sites Rodgers

Movies & TV/Mini-Series:

North & South (adaptation of John Jakes’ North & South Trilogy)

Gone with the Wind

Lincoln (adaptation of Team of Rivals)


Gettysburg/Gods and Generals

The Blue and the Gray


The Conspirator

Django Unchained

Links: Coming Soon!