Regular readers here know that I was born (and spent most of my childhood growing up) in Waynesboro, Virginia. I was actually born in a hospital that sat on ground where the last Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley took place. I had a couple of ancestors that fought for the Confederacy in that battle and my great-grandfather once owned part of the battlefield (after the war) and built a home there. I spent many summer days and holidays in that home and would one day come to own it. I retain a lot of happy memories exploring the banks of (as well as swimming and fishing) in the South River that formed part of the perimeter for the battle in an area that is today known as the "Tree Streets." My grandparents' home sits on Locust Avenue, right in between the Union and Confederate lines. In so many ways, it was the idyllic childhood for a Southern boy with strong ties to the history that took place on that land.
So my next book will be about the Battle of Waynesboro which took place in March of 1865. The book will be part of the History Press's Sesquicentennial Series:
This series honors the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Each book is a concise illustrated history of an epic battle, a critical turning point, a pivotal campaign or a hallowed location. Authors are respected Civil War scholars who condense their research into accessible volumes of 40,000 to 50,000 words and 60 to 70 images. Successful subjects have on-site visitor centers with retail operations that support the books.
|My great-great grandfather,|
John McGann who fought
for the 51st Virginia.