PITMAN, NJ, May 28, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Although it took place more than 150 years ago, the Civil War continues to makes its presence felt, seen in disputes over the Confederate flag, over statues of Confederate leaders, and arguments about how to remember and memorialize the past. A new book by former history teacher Mark Brewer, released by Dog Ear Publishing, examines key figures in the Civil War, bringing readers “back to those crucial years when Americans slaughtered one another,” as its forward notes.
“For Virginia: John Wilkes Booth, Thomas J. Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Edmund Ruffin, James Ewell Brown Stuart and the Civil War” details the thinking of iconic historical figures with flaws of their own, and demonstrates their struggles during that bloody conflict that sometimes pitted brother against brother.
Brewer, taken by his father to Gettysburg on the 100thanniversary of the horrific battle when he was just 8, has been a fan of history ever since. His latest book starts with abolitionist John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, and continues through the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the events that followed.
Kirkus Reviews calls the book an “exhaustive look at the Civil War,” noting that it calls on many firsthand accounts detailed in diary entries, letters from soldiers, and correspondence from officials “to create an image of a time that to modern readers may seem almost inconceivably brutal … makes the horrors and confusion of the period palpable … compelling … paints a complex portrait of a momentous war.”
The author skillfully weaves together a compelling narrative through the use of historical vignettes to chronicle the bloody conflict that divided a nation.
Author Mark Brewer taught history for 31 years in southern New Jersey at Williamstown Middle School, Gloucester County College and Rowan University. He has a master’s degree in U.S. history from Temple University. He is the author of “Swim, Surrender or Die: The Union Army at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.” His articles have appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated, Military Images and The Courier, among other periodicals.
Brewer has written in other genres, creating two fantasy fiction novels, “Squire William’s Lucky Day” and its sequel, “In the Days of Lourde William.” He and his wife, Laurie, live in Pitman. They have two adult children.
For additional information, please visit www.forvirginia.net.
For Virginia: John Wilkes Booth, Thomas J. Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Edmund Ruffin, James Ewell Brown Stuart and the Civil War
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6844-2 784 pages $22.99 US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
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