Union captures Vicksburg! “I can’t spare this man. He fights!” says Lincoln of US Grant.

tlg_fcVICKSBURG, Miss. — Sunbury Press has released Taking Lady Gibraltar: Grant’s Convoluted Tour de Force in the West, Dick Schwirian’s historical novel about the capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi by Union forces in 1863.

About the Book:
Taking of Lady Gibraltar is about one of the major events of the Civil War, the campaign to seize Vicksburg by Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant. Before 1863, Vicksburg, situated on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, was thought to be impregnable. Grant created a new reality. The capture of Vicksburg and its garrison was, if not the signature northern victory of the Civil War, at least among the top contenders. It denied the Confederacy free access to the Mississippi River, it split the South in two, and, perhaps most importantly, it ultimately persuaded Abraham Lincoln to appoint Grant commander of all Union armies. In the words of the sixteenth president: “I can’t spare this man. He fights.”

It may be inaccurate to say that Grant won the Civil War for the North, but there is truth in the claim. His success, first in the west and later in the east, was phenomenal. Was he a military genius? Probably not. But he had a keen sense for the opportunistic moment and the fortitude to pursue a course of action relentlessly, once chosen. The Taking of Lady Gibraltar illustrates these qualities—and some shortcomings—in an exciting and stimulating read for anyone who loves Civil War history and historical fiction.

Battle of Vicksburg

Battle of Vicksburg

Excerpt:
April 7, 1862 – The Shiloh Battlefield

On the second day of battle, Union skirmishers began forming their lines at 3:00 AM and were ordered to find the enemy. They did. The evening before, P.G.T. Beauregard had entertained great hopes for taking the day for the Confederacy but was unaware of the Union reinforcements under Don Carlos Buell, who were then arriving from Nashville under cover of darkness. Beauregard had lost half his men on the first day of battle; Grant had gained twenty thousand more. The fighting on the second day was intense but brief. By 4:00 PM, Beauregard ordered a general withdrawal to Corinth, Mississippi in the middle of a cold, relentless hailstorm, some of the hailstones as big as eggs and as hard as musket balls.

Had he wanted to, Grant could have pursued and destroyed Beauregard’s exhausted army. Pursuit of a defeated foe was, after all, a maxim of military tactical manuals. However, pursuit was an undertaking that his own bone-weary, mud-caked army might not be able to sustain. They were tired too.

About the Author:
Dick Schwirian resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Jo.

Taking Lady Gibraltar: Grant’s Convoluted Tour de Force in the West
Authored by Dick Schwirian
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
452 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066508
ISBN-10: 1620066505
BISAC: Fiction / War & Military

Also available on Kindle

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Civil War reenactors travel time to right a wrong they caused during their last visit to 1863

GETTYSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released The Death Machine, Charles K. Godfrey’s sequel to the bestsellingThe Final Charge.

About the Book:
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The Death Machine
is the sequel to The Final Charge, the story of Mike, Ray, and Gordon, three Civil War reenactors, who accidentally time traveled to Gettysburg in July, 1863. They took part in Pickett’s Charge and, at the end, when they made it home, they discovered they had somehow changed history.

The characters find themselves in a wonderful new world, but underneath its facade, there exists an evil that continues to grow. One of the characters is murdered, and the others risk their lives, traveling through time again to try to reset the timeline. This involves stopping a secret weapon that could foil their plans.

Excerpt:
Friday, July 3, 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

It was a sultry 90-degree day. The sky rained hot metal down on the men crossing the Emmitsburg Road. Double canister tore through the Confederate rank and file every step of the way. Pickett’s Charge was in its final minutes as the Confederates dashed toward the stone wall at the area known as the Angle. In the oppressive heat of the day and the dense smoke of cannon fire, Armistead’s Confederate brigade passed through the two decimated brigades of Garnett and Kemper that were at the front.

With the stench of sulfur in their mouths and nostrils, the men of the Ninth Virginia Regiment headed for the stone wall, right where Lieutenant Cushing’s Fourth U.S. Light Artillery was located. Lieutenant Cushing had his men push the two cannons down to the stone wall to greet the oncoming Confederates. Sergeant Fuger was at his side and in the process of loading the guns when Lt. Cushing was hit in the groin by a piece of shrapnel. Lt. Cushing fell against the gun and slid to the ground, holding his wound.

Sergeant Fuger rushed to his side. “Lon, you okay?” He saw Lt. Cushing’s guts protruding from his wound and he called for the medical stewards. When the stewards got there, Cushing waved them off.

“Please, Fred, help me up,” Cushing asked.

Sergeant Fuger helped him to his feet and with the Confederates coming over the wall, Lt. Cushing grabbed his sergeant by the lapel. “Give them double canister.”

“Let ‘em have it!” Sergeant Fuger yelled.

Unbeknownst to Cushing, the gunners were killed before they could get the shots off. Seeing the bayonets coming his way, Lt. Cushing yelled, “Fire the damn–“

At that very moment, a Minié ball entered his mouth and blew out the back of his head. He fell from the sergeant’s arms to the ground, dead.

After witnessing the death of Lt. Cushing, Sergeant Fuger turned his attention to the Confederates coming over the wall. He pulled the lanyard. The discharge was devastating. Hell seemed to be cut loose on the remaining Confederates inside the Angle.

The smoke was so thick and the noise so loud that confusion gripped the battlefield. The two sides struggled and fought in deadly hand-to-hand combat. Men picked up rocks and threw them at each other. Cushing’s battery was overrun and the Confederate flags were going up over the stone wall.

Union General Webb, seeing the hole punched into the lines, put in reinforcements at the Angle and the tide soon turned. The Confederates were driven back. One by one, the men in butternut and gray were on the retreat.

The battle was over, but the carnage remained. Smoke boiled up from the battlefield along with the sickening stench of death that filled the air.

Wounded men from both sides begged for water, while the horses writhed in their death rattles. It was the true picture of butchery and death. Pickett’s Charge was over.

About the Author:
CKGodfreyCharles K. Godfrey started out in Baltimore County Fire Department as a Firefighter and was quickly promoted to Paramedic. He was promoted to Lieutenant and served the Fire Investigation unit. He retired as a Fire Lieutenant with 27 years’ service.

During this time, as a hobby, he reenacted the Civil War with the First Maryland Volunteer Infantry Regiment. For more than twenty years, he participated in the reenactments of Gettysburg, Manassas, Cedar Creek, and many others, including living history events at Fort McHenry and Harpers Ferry. He took part in the 150th ceremonies at Gettysburg.

He is a history buff that likes to blend fiction with history. In addition, he is enthusiastic about science fiction and loves the idea of time travel. He resides in northern Baltimore County with his wife of 40 years.

The Death Machine
Authored by Charles K Godfrey
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
238 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065754
ISBN-10: 1620065754
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Death-Machine-978162…

Ted Brusaw’s “The Roar of Battle” is a Civil War panorama

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Ted Brusaw’s Civil War novel “The Roar of Battle,” a literary panorama of the Civil War as seen from the eyes of characters on both sides of the conflict.

trob_fcAbout the Book:
This book tells the story of the daily lives of men on the front lines during the Civil War and the effects of the war on them and their families.  It is about how each man fought his own demons from battle to never-ending battle and coped with reality of war.  And it is about the lasting effects of the war on the men who survived it.  In short, it tells the story of the America of that period.

The main characters are men from different states and backgrounds, each bringing distinctive personalities and allegiances to the struggle.  The story covers the entire war, from Bull Run to Appomattox Court House.

About the Author:
Ted Brusaw has earned his living as a writer since college, working in advertising, public relations, technical writing, and writing college textbooks on these subjects.  He is currently at work on a novel of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Roar of Battle: A Civil War Novel

Authored by Ted Brusaw

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
296 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063521
ISBN-10: 1620063522
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Roar-of-Battle-97816…

Civil War correspondence discovered in a shoe box in Ohio — includes Andersonville prison letter

CANTON, Ohio — Sunbury Press has released Jim Dohren’s compilation “Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman.”

lfasb_fcAbout the book:

Author Jim Dohren was the lucky inheritor of a shoebox full of old letters from the Civil War. In Letters from a Shoebox, Jim unveils his findings from many years of study of the correspondence, including the context and meaning of them.

The authors of these letter include:
William Bowman – a private in the 126th Ohio Volunteers
John J. Huffman – a private in the 85th Indiana Volunteers
David L Huffman – a sergeant in the 8th Indiana Volunteers
Matilda Huffman – sister-in-law to John & David Huffman
C J Huffman – sister of John & David Huffman
Eve Ann Huffman – sister of John & David Huffman
Ruth Davy – friend of Eve Ann Huffman

Events mentioned and places visited include Parkersburg and Martinsburg, WV, Danville, KY, Tullahoma, TN, Battle of Chickamauga, Fosterville, TN, Kingston, GA, Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison), New Cumberland, OH, Atlanta, GA, Sherman’s March, Johnston’s Surrender, Goldsboro, NC, Raleigh, NC and Indianapolis, IN.

Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman
Authored by Jim Dohren
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
106 pages
Sunbury Press Inc
ISBN-13: 978-1620062944
ISBN-10: 1620062941
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War Period

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Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War highlighted in “Keystone Tombstones Civil War”

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr. This special volume of the Keystone Tombstones series highlights Pennsylvania’s contributions to restoring the Union and ending slavery.

About the Book:
ktcw_pubPennsylvania is rich in Civil War history. Gettysburg was the climactic battle of the war, and many of the Keystone State’s citizens were involved, whether as common soldiers, officers, politicians or citizens. This special edition of the Keystone Tombstones series focuses on those persons interred in Pennsylvania who played a noteworthy role in the Civil War. Farrell, Knorr and Farley have combed the Keystone State to bring you most interesting tales about the Civil War participants buried in Pennsylvania. Included in the volume:

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • John W. Geary
  • Galusha Pennypacker
  • Strong Vincent
  • Amos Humiston
  • US Colored Troops
  • St. Clair Augustine Mulholland
  • Andrew G. Curtin
  • John L. Burns
  • Propsect Hill Cemetery
  • Dennis O’Kane
  • Charles H. Van Wyck
  • Ginnie Wade
  • George G. Meade
  • Winfield S. Hancock
  • Henry C. Pleasants
  • Gettysburg Generals
  • Samuel W. Crawford
  • Samuel K. Zook
  • Thomas L. Kane
  • John Fulton Reynolds
  • Oliver B. Knowles
  • John F. Hartranft
  • Alfred L. Pearsons
  • James Buchanan
  • Ulric Dahlgren
  • Herman Haupt
  • Rebels Among Us
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • John C. Pemberton
  • Jay Cooke
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Simon Cameron
  • General Controversy
  • Lafayette C. Baker

Keystone Tombstones Civil War: Famous Graves Found in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
206 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061770
ISBN-10: 1620061775
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War Period

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Douglas Gibboney digs up “More Scandals of the Civil War”

 Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Douglas Lee Gibboney’s Civil War history compilation “More Scandals of the Civil War and Kindred Matters.”

About the Book:
msotcw_fcYes, well…here we go again with a second serving of assorted sordid deeds, malicious gossip and just plain naughty behavior by Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and their female counterparts. As in the first volume of Scandals, these stories show there is truly nothing new under the sun; the on-going folly of mankind remains constant across the centuries. For better or worse, human nature does not change.

But then, who doesn’t enjoy a juicy scandal? As the late Washington dowager Alice Roosevelt Longworth once remarked, “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone, come sit by me.” Like the first volume, More Scandals is a tabloid history of the war. You’ll find plenty of titillating tales here as this book opens with an unusual chronology of the war, highlighting not the bloody battles, glorious generals and great campaigns but the odd, the ugly and the unusual of everyday humanity.

You’ll notice the title does say “and Kindred Matters,” allowing for a wide range of topics. Consider this a writer’s privilege.

The second part of the book deals with what happened to the boys in blue and grey once the fighting ended. Many lived well into the 20th century, five or six decades after the surrender of Robert E. Lee and Joe Johnston. These veterans would witness the United States transition into a modern era and begin its rise as an international power. It was a new industrial world far different from the antebellum times in which these old soldiers had been born. Nevertheless, for most of the survivors, the conflict of 1861 would remain the central touchstone of their lives.

Included in this volume:
Irish Brigade New York Riot!
THE TRUTH ABOUT JENNIE WADE
General BERDAN: Hero or Coward?
Reb Shoots Moon; Yanks Shoot Back
Ex-Reb Gunrunner Executed in Cuba
GENERAL LEE’s Daughters Refuse Marriage
Gettysburg-Bound YANKS DRUNK in Frederick
General Sibley: “A Walking Whiskey Keg”
The Curious End of Captain Mobberly
MINIE BALL Causes Pregnancy
Dead REBS for Sale!

More Scandals of the Civil War and Kindred Matters
Authored by Douglas Lee Gibboney
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
202 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062289
ISBN-10: 1620062283
BISAC: History/US History/Civil War

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/More-Scandals-of-the-Civ…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook

Gettysburg hero and Lancaster’s finest, General John Fulton Reynolds, subject of re-released book

John Fulton ReynoldsSunbury Press has released a new edition of the book “General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words and Relations” by Lawrence Knorr, Michael A Riley and Diane E Watson.

General John Fulton Reynolds, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was the consummate tragic figure of war – the dashing young general on his horse, leading his men into the fray – men with whom he shared a mutual respect only felt when engaging in a higher purpose. His final act on the Gettysburg stage was to choose the right ground to defend and to place his men into position – decisions that ultimately led to the union victory and his own fate.

To do such a great man justice, editor Lawrence Knorr has combined three great works by other authors:

“For God Sakes Forward!” – Michael A Riley’s biography.

“Reynolds – The Last Six Miles” – Diane E Watson’s accounting of the final movements and moments in the general’s life.

“Reynolds – His Own Words Before Gettysburg” – Diane E Watson’s collection of letters and quotes from and about John Reynolds.

In addition, Lawrence has added his own “Relations of John Fulton Reynolds” – over 200 pages of Reynolds, Lefevre, Ferree, Landis & Moore family history.

In total, the life of John Reynolds is shown from numerous perspectives and dimensions, from his own accomplishments to lists of his extended family and extensive relations.

This book is 312 pages, indexed, with numerous vintage photographs.

General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words and Relations
Authored by Lawrence Knorr, Michael A Riley, Diane E Watson
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
312 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061817
ISBN-10: 1620061813
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Military

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/General-John-Fulton-Reyn…