Every once in awhile a new Civil War book of fiction comes along that seems to resonate with today’s reading public while retaining the color and depth of the past about which it is written … well-written … A good read for all – Washington Times Communities May 2013 published through Indigo Tree Publishing. click here for the full review
Gabriel's Trumpet provides a unique look at the collision of the military aspects of the war and the self-emancipation of formerly enslaved persons. The book empowers readers to experience the war through the eyes of two young Union soldiers as they clash with Confederates at Shiloh. While coming to understand the realities of war, the two young soldiers also become a window for examining the impact of slavery on both the war and the nation. By reading Gabriel's Trumpet, readers will find the characters easy to latch onto and gain a deeper understanding of the war.
- Bruce Lesh, Social Studies Department Chair, Baltimore County Public Schools July 18, 2014
“A moving book and especially apropos now” “a splendid book … full of moving stories” click here for more details
“an opulent infusion of contemporary evidence never before published” “His research is impeccable” “a marvelous book” click here for more details
“well-written military biography” click here for more details
Steve Chicoine speaking on Turchin
courtesy of Hennepin County Libraryshould be available in June 2017
George Mallon, recipient of the Medal of Honor, was a powerfully built man with the courage of a lion. The son of an Irish immigrant, he grew up on a wheat farm in rural Kansas, immediately adjacent to the eastern edge of Fort Riley. He served in the regular army in the Philippine War, rising to the rank of sergeant. Captain George Mallon led a company of infantry in the assault on a formidable German position on the opening day of the World War’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Days later, he was badly wounded. He became one of Pershing’s 100 Heroes of the war. However, George Mallon’s life was so much more than his impressive military accomplishments. As a young man, Mallon pursued a promising boxing career. He became a labor leader & organizer and ran for state office in Minnesota. He had the courage of his convictions to improve the life of the working class in a time when those in power considered such a position radical. Thugs and mobs, who harassed and attacked his colleagues, always faded away when Captain Mallon was present. Through all of this, he maintained close friendships with his political adversaries, who, like Mallon, were war veterans. Perhaps his greatest honor was being chosen to be the first to be buried in the newly established Fort Snelling National Cemetery in 1939.
They included former governors, judges and Texas Rangers. Many were rugged individuals from the Texas frontier — crack shots and expert horsemen. Most had no use for slaves and little regard for slavers. Above all was their loyalty to their nation. They risked everything in the face of intimidation and violence. Some died by hanging or were shot down in cold blood. Others escaped to Mexico, made their way to New Orleans and enlisted in the First Texas Union Cavalry, whose relics the State later discarded and whose history it disregarded. RENEGADES weaves the powerful stories of the real Texas rebels, the men who steadfastly remained patriots and refused to commit treason. With the war’s end, these Union men returned home, refused to pursue retribution, suffered at the hands of murderers during Reconstruction and helped to rebuild Texas and lay the foundation for its future.
There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, 'Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.' No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, 'Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a- ***damned-bitch named Georgie Patton!'
Photos by Stephen Chicoine
We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other – GEORGE C. MARSHALL, Chief of Staff World War II
VETERANS HONOR ROLL
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke