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I am now in the midst of a 4-book series, going back to what I suppose can be called my "roots". Because of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it made sense to take another look, this time at the theater of the war that is often overshadowed by those far more familiar events that took place in and around Virginia. The first of these books, "A Blaze of Glory", was published in 2012, and dealt with the Battle of Shiloh. In May, 2013, the second volume will be released. "A Chain of Thunder" covers the campaigns around Vicksburg. Now, I'm at work on the third volume, which will follow many of the same characters through the next major struggle in Tennessee and north Georgia, specifically the aftermath of the horrific fight at Chickamauga, leading to the campaign around Chattanooga. This book should be released May, 2014. The fourth and final volume, due out in 2015, will cover the final campaigns of the war from Atlanta through Sherman's last victory against Joe Johnston in North Carolina. One aspect of this entire series is that, though you may know the names (Sherman, Thomas, Johnston, Bragg, Hood, etc), not nearly as many have studied the actual events. Many die-hard Civil War enthusiasts can name every major player at Gettysburg or Antietam, Manassas or Fredericksburg. The deaths of Stonewall Jackson or Jeb Stuart, and the struggles of Robert E. Lee are certainly pivotal events of the war. But many people I've spoken to have very little idea just how much importance is attached to the war in the "west". Beyond the history lesson, it's the characters who have drawn me into this series, and both North and South, those characters are driving these stories.
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