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December 12, 2017

It’s time for an update!

Events

Although Christmas and New Year’s Eve are fast approaching, I’ve been busy working with my publisher, Savas Beatie, scheduling events. The Year of our Lord two-thousand and eighteen promises to be a busy one. Here are a couple of the places I’ll be appearing over the next six weeks:

Saturday, December 30, 2017 – Signing books at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Bookstore. Did you get a copy of Six Days in September for Christmas and live near Gettysburg? Drop by with your book for a personalized inscription.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Hagerstown Rotary Club. I’ll be addressing the fine group of Hagerstown Rotarians during a special lunch time session.

Writing History

While doing research for the “Blue” volume of Six Days in September I had the good fortune to make contact with Gene Thorp, a cartographer living in Maryland outside of Washington. DC. Gene created the maps for the “Gray” volume of Six Days in September and has also done maps for several other Savas Beatie volumes. Gene and I are working on an essay that will demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that George McClellan did not receive Lee’s Lost Orders until around 2:00 p.m. on September 13, 1862. Thanks to Gene’s dogged research we have sufficient details to account for nearly all of McClellan’s movements on that day, as well as the movements of his army. After reading through the notes Gene provided I came to the conclusion that McClellan’s performance that day requires a thorough re-evaluation – just as Gene has been arguing since 2012. A first draft of the article is now completed and we hope to have the final draft done by early next year. We’ll then submit it for publication in the hope that it will appear in the late summer issue of a historical magazine or journal. Stay tuned!

Writing Fiction

With any luck I’ll be starting the Blue volume of Six Days after Christmas. My research is sufficiently along to hammer out 3-5 chapters. I still need to find a decent Union outfit to focus on for the tactical aspects of the fighting. If anyone has any thoughts on the matter please feel free to add a comment below. I’ll investigate all suggestions.

Until 2018, then. To everyone visiting I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

AR