Loudoun Civil War Book Signing: November 16

Looking for that special Christmas stocking stuffer for the Civil War enthusiast on your list?  We have nine regional authors in one place at the Loudoun County Civil War Book Signing, with some outstanding titles.

The Friends of Balls Bluff and Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee are pleased to announce a Civil War Book Signing scheduled for November 16, 2013.  Rarely will you see such a wide array of authors and titles in one place.  REHAU Inc. hosts the event at the fourth floor of the Palladium Building (1503 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, Virginia).

The slate of authors includes:

  •  Scott Mingus has written ten Civil War books, including Flames Beyond Gettysburg, which was a finalist for a 2011 U.S. Army Heritage Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, and most recently, a biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith and The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign.  He is the author of the series Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign and other books focused on York County, Pennsylvania during the Civil War. He also wrote several well received articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball), and is a local Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust.
  •  Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is one of the leading scholars of the Maryland Campaign.  His two decades of study resulted in the annotation of Ezra Carman’s original manuscript on the campaign, published as The Maryland Campaign of 1862, Volume 1 – South Mountain and Volume 2 – Antietam.
  •  James A. Morgan III is the author of a tactical study of Ball’s Bluff, titled A Little Short of Boats: the Civil War Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21-22, 1861, first published in 2004, was reissued in a revised, updated, sesquicentennial edition, in 2011. It is widely acknowledged as the definitive work on Ball’s Bluff.
  •  Scott Patchan is the author of many articles and books, including The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont, Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign, and Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge. His most recent book is The Last Battle of Winchester, covering that crucial battle occurring in the fall of 1864. Patchan serves as a Director on the board of the Kernstown Battlefield Association in Winchester, Virginia, and is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection Committee.
  • Stephen Recker is a collector of rare Antietam photographs and relics. Items from his collection can be seen on battlefield waysides and in the newly renovated museum at Antietam National Battlefield, as well as in new book, Rare Images of Antietam, and the Photographers Who Took Them. Recker is a member of Antietam Battlefield Guides. He produced Virtual Gettysburg, a critically acclaimed interactive Civil War battlefield tour; Antietam Artifacts, a CD-ROM with images of rare postcards from the Maryland Campaign of 1862; and http://www.virtualantietam.com.
  •  Kevin Grigsby is a Loudoun historian who has focused on the county’s rich African-American history.  He is the author of From Loudoun to Glory – The Role of African-Americans from Loudoun County in the Civil War and Howardsville, The Journey of an African American Community in Loudoun County, Virginia
  • Jimmy Price is a Historic Site Manager for Prince William County (Bristoe Station Battlefield Park and Ben Lamond Historic Site).  Is focused field of study is African American military participation in the Civil War.  His book, The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs By The Sword, is the only detailed study of that battle, in which the USCT played a crucial role. 
  • Robert H. Moore II is a Virginia native who has focused his studies on the history of the Shenandoah Valley.  His books include Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley: The Story of the Summers-Koontz Execution; Short Historical Sketches of Page County, Virginia and its People (two volumes); Gibraltar of the Shenandoah: Civil War Sites and Stories of Stanton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County Virginia; and Avenues of the Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia.
  • Laurence Freiheit is the author of Boots and Saddles: Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign of September 1862.  The book, considered the definitive study of cavalry operations in the campaign, is the product of many years of research and collaboration
  • In addition Civil War Times, published by Weider History Group here in Leesburg, will be at the event offering subscriptions and other promotions.

Authors will discuss their works and works in progress during the day.  Additionally, at noon, the Loudoun Sesquicentennial Committee offers a tour of the Fort Evans remains (one of the best preserved earthwork forts in Northern Virginia).

The event runs from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the REHAU Palladium Building, 1503 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg.

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About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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