Update on My Projects

We are in the final stages of production for my tome on the Battle of Opequon Creek, entitled “The Last Battle of Winchester.” Hal Jesperson has produced an awesome set of 22 maps to accompany the work along with dozens of photographs of participants and places (both modern and contemporary). It won’t be long before it hits the shelves at your favorite bookstore.

Once this project is completed, I will be shifting gears to complete a volume on “Hunter’s Raid on Lynchburg” for the History Press. Have uncovered a lot of new material on this campaign. The narrative will pick up with Hunter’s advance from Staunton and cover engagements and activities at Lexington, Buchanan, Lynchburg, Liberty (Bedford), Hanging Rock (Salem-Roanoke County) and the harrowing retreat through West Virginia. If you are aware of any good sources from participants on the campaign please let me know. Thanks.

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7 responses to “Update on My Projects

  1. I’m looking forward to it, especially your treatment of Molineux’s Brigade and the XIX Corps. Is there a projected available date?

    • I am thinking January. Molineux’s brigade has not been properly interpreted. Gen. Grover’s report was taken at face value. Unfortunately, Grover was in full CYA mode when he wrote that report. His front line was collapsing before Molineux was able to even get on the front line. When he finally go there, he had no support on either flank. Molineux offered resistance in the middle field, then ordered his brigade to withdraw. The right and center did but the left remained in place and was overrun. The 22nd Iowa, 13th Conn, and 159th NY were overrun by Cook’s Brigade and lost a couple of flags and several hundred prisoners. The rest of the brigade resisted further Confederate attacks at the edge of the First Woods until they were relieved by McMillan’s brigade of Dwight’s division.

  2. Braxton’s artillery had honed in on the 22nd from the outset of the advance. If you are familiar with the battlefield, the 22nd advanced right up Ash Hollow, which has been dammed up and now covered by water in the middle of the trailer park south of the CWPT property.

  3. If this is anything like Shenandoah Summer, you will have another great book to add to your list.

  4. Just an FYI, the US Army Center of Military History will have a commemorative publication on the 1864 Valley campaign as part of its Civil War 150th series. More info is here: http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/civil_war/index.html

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