Jack Hinson s One man War

Jack Hinson s One man War
Author: Tom C. McKenney
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1589806409
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Release: 2009-01
Editor: Pelican Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The true story of one man's reluctant but relentless war against the invaders of his country.A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge. This remarkable biography presents the story of Jack Hinson, a lone Confederate sniper who, at the age of 57, waged a personal war on Grant's army and navy. The result of 15 years of scholarship, this meticulously researched and beautifully written work is the only account of Hinson's life ever recorded and involves an unbelievable cast of characters, including the Earp brothers, Jesse James, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Jack Hinson s One Man War

Jack Hinson s One Man War
Author: Tom McKenney
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1455606464
Available:
Release: 2010-09-23
Editor: Pelican Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The true story of one man's reluctant but relentless war against the invaders of his country.A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge. This remarkable biography presents the story of Jack Hinson, a lone Confederate sniper who, at the age of 57, waged a personal war on Grant's army and navy. The result of 15 years of scholarship, this meticulously researched and beautifully written work is the only account of Hinson's life ever recorded and involves an unbelievable cast of characters, including the Earp brothers, Jesse James, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Bloody Bill Anderson

Bloody Bill Anderson
Author: Albert E. Castel,Th Goodrich
Pages: 170
ISBN: 081171506X
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Release: 1998
Editor: Stackpole Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A story of bitter bloodshed, one in which farmers and honest laborers are transformed into thieves and murderers. The authors track the rise and reign of Bill Anderson' terror from 1862 to 1865.

Bust Hell Wide Open

Bust Hell Wide Open
Author: Samuel W. Mitcham
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781621576006
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Release: 2016-10-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!

Confederate Outlaw

Confederate Outlaw
Author: Brian D. McKnight
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780807137697
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Release: 2011-04-08
Editor: LSU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the fall of 1865, the United States Army executed Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson for his role in murdering fifty-three loyal citizens of Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War. Long remembered as the most unforgiving and inglorious warrior of the Confederacy, Ferguson has often been dismissed by historians as a cold-blooded killer. In Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia, biographer Brian D. McKnight demonstrates how such a simple judgment ignores the complexity of this legendary character. In his analysis, McKnight maintains that Ferguson fought the war on personal terms and with an Old Testament mentality regarding the righteousness of his cause. He believed that friends were friends and enemies were enemies—no middle ground existed. As a result, he killed prewar comrades as well as longtime adversaries without regret, all the while knowing that he might one day face his own brother, who served as a Union scout. Ferguson’s continued popularity demonstrates that his bloody legend did not die on the gallows. Widespread rumors endured of his last-minute escape from justice, and over time, the borderland terrorist emerged as a folk hero for many southerners. Numerous authors resurrected and romanticized his story for popular audiences, and even Hollywood used Ferguson’s life to create the composite role played by Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales. McKnight’s study deftly separates the myths from reality and weaves a thoughtful, captivating, and accurate portrait of the Confederacy’s most celebrated guerrilla. An impeccably researched biography, Confederate Outlaw offers an abundance of insight into Ferguson’s wartime motivations, actions, and tactics, and also describes borderland loyalties, guerrilla operations, and military retribution. McKnight concludes that Ferguson, and other irregular warriors operating during the Civil War, saw the conflict as far more of a personal battle than a political one.

The Immortal Six Hundred

The Immortal Six Hundred
Author: John Ogden Murray
Pages: 274
ISBN: HARVARD:32044014473102
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Release: 1905
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The White Headhunter

The White Headhunter
Author: Nigel Randell
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781472113320
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Release: 2013-08-22
Editor: Constable
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shanghaied in San Francisco in 1868, teenage Scots sailor Jack Renton then found himself on a voyage into the heart of darkness. Escaping from his floating prison in an open whaleboat, Renton drifted for 2000 miles, only to be washed up on the shores of a Pacific island shunned by 19th-century mariners, Malaita in the Solomon Islands. There he was stripped of his clothes by headhunters and forced to 'go native' to survive. Initially a slave to their chief, Kabou, he eventually became the man's most trusted warrior and adviser. Renton's own account of his eight-year exile, published after he was rescued, remains the only authenticated account of a mental and physical ordeal that still haunts the imagination to this day. It caused a sensation at the time, though it is now clear that it airbrushed out most of the key events. Researching the Renton legend, Nigel Randell spent several years talking to the Malaitans and piecing together a very different account from Renton's sanitised version. The ultimate irony is that a man so keen to conceal his 'crimes' should have bequeathed their evidence - a necklace of 60 human teeth - to a collector who donated it to a national museum.

Andersonville Diary Escape and List of the Dead

Andersonville Diary  Escape  and List of the Dead
Author: John L. Ransom
Pages: 381
ISBN: HARVARD:32044036442713
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Release: 1883
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest
Author: Jack Hurst
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780307789143
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Release: 2011-06-08
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Amid the aristocratic ranks of the Confederate cavalry, Nathan Bedford Forrest was untutored, all but unlettered, and regarded as no more than a guerrilla. His tactic was the headlong charge, mounted with such swiftness and ferocity that General Sherman called him a "devil" who should "be hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the treasury." And in a war in which officers prided themselves on their decorum, Forrest habitually issued surrender-or-die ultimatums to the enemy and often intimidated his own superiors. After being in command at the notorious Fort Pillow Massacre, he went on to haunt the South as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Now this epic figure is restored to human dimensions in an exemplary biography that puts both Forrest's genius and his savagery into the context of his time, chronicling his rise from frontiersman to slave trader, private to lieutenant general, Klansman to—eventually—New South businessman and racial moderate. Unflinching in its analysis and with extensive new research, Nathan Bedford Forrest is an invaluable and immensely readable addition to the literature of the Civil War.

The Sniper Anthology

The Sniper Anthology
Author: Various
Pages: 224
ISBN: 152676069X
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Release: 2019-11
Editor: Frontline Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Revered by some as the ultimate warrior, and condemned by others as ruthless assassins, the combat sniper is more than just a crack shot. These are highly disciplined individuals, calm professionals skilled in marksmanship, reconnaissance and camouflage. During the Second World War these lethal fighters were deployed by all sides to deadly effect. This collection of biographies written by sniper experts from around the world explores the careers of the top marksmen between 1939 and 1945. As well as providing incisive technical information, each author offers a glimpse of the character and personality of their chosen sniper, giving them a human face that is often missing in standard portrayals. These gripping, in-depth narratives go beyond the cursory treatment in existing histories and will be essential reading for anyone wanting to learn about the role and technique of the sniper during the Second World War. The impressive list of contributors to The Sniper Anthology includes Mark Spicer writing on Harry M. Furness, the last surviving British sniper who went ashore on D-Day; Martin Pegler, who details the famous Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev; Adrian Gilbert on the Wehrmacht sharpshooter and lone wolf Sepp Allerberger; and Roger Moorhouse on Simo Hayha, the man with the most confirmed kills in any major war.

Braxton Bragg

Braxton Bragg
Author: Earl J. Hess
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781469628769
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Release: 2016-09-02
Editor: UNC Press Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As a leading Confederate general, Braxton Bragg (1817–1876) earned a reputation for incompetence, for wantonly shooting his own soldiers, and for losing battles. This public image established him not only as a scapegoat for the South's military failures but also as the chief whipping boy of the Confederacy. The strongly negative opinions of Bragg's contemporaries have continued to color assessments of the general's military career and character by generations of historians. Rather than take these assessments at face value, Earl J. Hess's biography offers a much more balanced account of Bragg, the man and the officer. While Hess analyzes Bragg's many campaigns and battles, he also emphasizes how his contemporaries viewed his successes and failures and how these reactions affected Bragg both personally and professionally. The testimony and opinions of other members of the Confederate army--including Bragg's superiors, his fellow generals, and his subordinates--reveal how the general became a symbol for the larger military failures that undid the Confederacy. By connecting the general's personal life to his military career, Hess positions Bragg as a figure saddled with unwarranted infamy and humanizes him as a flawed yet misunderstood figure in Civil War history.

A Diary from Dixie

A Diary from Dixie
Author: Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut
Pages: 329
ISBN: PKEY:SMP2300000062090
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Release: 2018-09-05
Editor: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Diary from Dixie is a book by an American writer, who was born in a famous slave-owning state, South Caroline, Mary Boykin Chesnut. Basically, this book is a specific chronicle of the Civil War that was described from within her circle of society. Secretly from her husband, Mary Chestnut was against slavery and sympathized the North American abolitionists. In 1982 the annotated edition of the Diary won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell
Author: S. C. Gwynne
Pages: 688
ISBN: 9781451673302
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Release: 2014-09-30
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic New York Times bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic national hero. Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon—even Robert E. Lee—he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. In April 1862, however, he was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. But by June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In his “magnificent Rebel Yell…S.C. Gwynne brings Jackson ferociously to life” (New York Newsday) in a swiftly vivid narrative that is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict among historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life and traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.

The White Sniper

The White Sniper
Author: Tapio A. M. Saarelainen
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781612004303
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Release: 2016-10-31
Editor: Casemate
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The remarkable story of the Finnish marksman nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army for his record number of confirmed kills. Simo Häyhä is the most famous sniper in the world. During the Winter War fought between Russia and Finland from 1939 to 1940, he had 542 confirmed kills with iron sights, a record that still stands today. A man of action who spoke very little, Simo Häyhä was hugely respected by his men and his superiors and given many difficult missions, including taking out specific targets. Able to move silently and swiftly through the landscape, melting into the snowbound surroundings in his white camouflage fatigues, his aim was deadly and his quarry rarely escaped. The Russians learned of his reputation as a marksman and tried several times to kill him by indirect fire. He was promoted from corporal to second lieutenant, and he was awarded the Cross of Kollaa. For sniping, Simo Häyhä only ever used his own M/28-30 rifle. Eventually, his luck ran out, and Simo received a serious head wound on March 6,1940, though he subsequently recovered. The White Sniper fully explores Simo Häyhä’s life, his exploits in the Winter War, the secrets behind his success, including character and technique, and also includes a detailed look at his rifle itself. There are appendices on the basics of shooting, the impact of fire on the battlefield, battles on the Kollaa Front during the Winter War, and a list of ranked snipers of the world. “No matter how many books on sniping you have read, this must be added to your list if you are serious about shooting.” —GunMart

Go Down Together

Go Down Together
Author: Jeff Guinn
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781471105753
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Release: 2012-12-25
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the moment they first cut a swathe of crime across 1930s America, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker have been glamorised in print, on screen and in legend. The reality of their brief and catastrophic lives is very different -- and far more fascinating. Combining exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material, author Jeff Guinn tells the real story of two youngsters from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Thanks in great part to surviving relatives of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who provided Guinn with access to never-before-published family documents and photographs, this book reveals the truth behind the myth, told with cinematic sweep and unprecedented insight by a master storyteller.

Standing Like a Stone Wall

Standing Like a Stone Wall
Author: James I. Robertson
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9780689824197
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Release: 2001
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the life of the American military hero from his earliest days as an orphan and his accomplishments at West Point through his successes during the Mexican-American War and campaigns as a general in the Civil War.

War on the Run

War on the Run
Author: John F. Ross
Pages: 548
ISBN: 9780553384574
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Release: 2011-04
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hailed as the father of today's elite special forces, Robert Rogers was North America's first authentic celebrity. Biographer John F. Ross reconstructs the extraordinary achievements of this fearless and inspiring leader whose exploits in the New England wilderness read like those of an action hero and whose innovative principles of unconventional warfare are still used today. As a child, Rogers learned to survive in New England's dark and deadly forests, grasping that a new world required new forms of warfare. Rogers' Rangers earned a deadly fame among their most formidable French and Indian enemies for their ability to appear anywhere at any time, burst out of the forest with overwhelming force, and vanish just as quickly. The Rangers laid the groundwork for the colonial strategy later used in the War of Independence. Rogers later wrote two seminal books whose vision of a unified continent would influence Thomas Jefferson and inspire Lewis and Clark.--From publisher description.

Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875 1881

Six Years with the Texas Rangers  1875 1881
Author: James B. Gillett
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9781602067356
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Release: 2007-09-01
Editor: Cosimo, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Texas Rangers are one of the most storied law enforcement agencies in the world. Nearly two centuries old, its reputation and mythology was solidified in the post-Civil War era, when it was responsible for the capture of numerous criminals-such as the notorious criminal Sam Bass-and the final defeat of the Apache Indians in Texas territory.This is the classic account of those years, by Ranger JAMES BUCHANAN GILLETT (1856-1937), an essential document of how the Rangers operated by someone who was there. Like the best rip-roaring adventure fiction, Gillett relates tales of: . the Mason County War. the Horrell-Higgins feud. Sam Bass and his train robber gang. the Salt Lake War. "treacherous braves, a faithful dog, and a murder." the last fight between Rangers and Apaches. and much more.

33 Degrees of Deception

33 Degrees of Deception
Author: Tom McKenney
Pages: 463
ISBN: 9781458796394
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Release: 2011-03-22
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The shadow of death hovers over many of the rites and rituals of Freemasonry. In Letters on the Masonic Institution by John Quincy Adams we learn of an ancient Masonic ritual known as The Fifth Libation, which involves drinking wine from a human skull. Every Mason takes death oaths and several Masonic executions have taken place throughout history. Author Tom McKenney exposes the deadly secrets of this fraternity, which has more than three million members around the world. In a careful and objective manner, he reveals the connection between Freemasonry and the New Age Movement, and he delves into the occult roots of this secret society. 33 Degrees of Deception is a very comprehensive book that tells the personal story of one completely dedicated Mason—Jim Shaw, who became a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge, and Master of all Scottish Rite bodies. You will want to know why Jim Shaw left Masonry—and the price he paid for leaving. This book sheds light on the darkness of Freemasonry as the author gives penetrating answers to the questions many people ask about this secret society. Is there a connection between Masonry and the Illuminati? Why is Masonry opposed to Christian schools? Is Freemasonry a religion? Can a man be both a Christian and a Mason?

My Sixty Years on the Plains

My Sixty Years on the Plains
Author: William Thomas Hamilton
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780486847054
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Release: 2020-05-21
Editor: Courier Dover Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Return to the Old West with this gritty autobiography of a longtime adventurer who spent his life trapping beavers; guiding hunters, soldiers, and settlers; and contending with Native Americans.