Monday, December 29, 2008

Folks – sorry for not posting lately. My wife’s aunt passed away on Christmas day and we have been in Kentucky over a week. Check back after the first of year for new post.

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I am again at a very frustrating point in the 58th NCT manuscript. Once more, I cannot even get the brigade in the right place. I am writing about the battle of Peechtree Creek. I know that their corps, temporarily under Cheatham, has been ordered to hold the attention of the Federals while Hardee and Stewart attack on the flank. But I seem to be at a loss as to where the different divisions and brigades of the corps line up. I do not like having unanswered questions when I write. Yes, I know that there will always be unanswered questions, but, we are talking about the whole corps.

Oh well, I guess I need to just keep digging.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

58th NCT update

Working on the 58th NCT today (and yesterday). Up to 60,000 words, main text (not counting appendix).

Joe Johnston just got sacked.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sorry about missing a week of posting. I’ve been busy once again. I did get the Brooksville Raid (FL) manuscript finished and it is currently being edited. It is amazing how easy the writing is when you know that you have everything there is laid out before you. I had a couple of 2,000+ words days, including a 2,700 word day, which is really remarkable… probably even a record for me.

The manuscript was finished on Wednesday, and I spent Thursday reading through it for the first time. Friday was spent in getting caught up on my email. This included

58th NCT – 10
37th NCT – 3
25th NCT – 1
47th NCT – 1
Daniel Boone Trail Marker – 1
Highbrighton High School – 1
J. P. Arthur – 1
The Bright Settlement – 1
Miscellaneous – about 15

Speaking of J. P. Arthur, I’ve been talking with Rick Russell over at Reminiscing Books. He brought me to read John P. Arthur’s “Through Southern Eyes,” a fictionalized novel about Columbia, South Carolina, during the mid-1860s. You will probably be more familiar with Arthur’s A History of Watauga County¸ and Western North Carolina: A History. Thanks Rick!

Well, time to get back to the 58th NCT.