Radio Interview

This Friday at 7:40AM I will be on the 55KRC morning show with Brian Thomas. Please tune in if you can. If you’re not in the Cincinnati area, they are on iHeart Radio. I’ll also see if I can get a copy of the audio file to put on my website.

156th Anniversary

Today marks the 156th anniversary of the battle of Antietam. On that day five men of Company D of the 8th Ohio were killed, or later died from their wounds. In addition, eight men were wounded, four of them serious enough to receive a disability discharge.

Lieutenant Charles A. Barnes
Sergeant John Briggs
Corporal William Farmer
Corporal William Mountain
Private Alexander Melville

Private George Apgar
Private Robert Foster
Private William Reynolds
Private George A. Scott

Private David Hindman
Private Joseph Jump
Private David O. Ward
Private Samuel F. Ward

These men deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they made that day, 156 years ago.




Corporal Si Klegg and His Pard

Corporal Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty is one of the most overlooked works of Civil War fiction. Written by a veteran of the Civil War, Wilbur Hinman, who served with the 65th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, it tells the story of Si and Shorty, two recruits in the fictitious company Q of the equally fictitious 200th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

It is meant to be light hearted and frivolous, a 19th century version of a situation comedy. So it has never garnered much respect amongst historical experts and literary types. But, in many ways, it is one closest looks at the life of the Civil War soldier in existence.  It doesn’t dwell on the deeper meaning of things–there is no deep philosophical or political discussions, no pondering of the meaning of “it all”. It’s just the story of two guys making the most of a bad situation and trying to stay alive.

The stories of Si and Shorty were originally released in several volumes, which I downloaded for free years ago from the Gutenberg Project when I bought my first Kindle. Of course, when that Kindle died, so did all my free downloads. But since then the University of Nebraska Press released all the Si Klegg books in one volume.

This is a must have for anyone truly interested in the Civil War and re-enactors in particular. It was also a huge influence on my own writing. Though I didn’t have this book while writing Road to Antietam and it had been years since I read Hinman’s stories, there is still a bit of Si and Shorty in Christopher and Ezra.