Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry Presentation

This week, I was invited to give my presentation on Colonel Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee (U.S.) Cavalry to the Tippah Tigers Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #868 in Ripley, Mississippi. The membership treated me to a great meal and several members purchased copies of my book Hurst’s Wurst: Colonel Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry U.S.A. This is the first time anyone’s recorded one of my speeches, and I appreciate Robert Jackson of the Tippah Tigers posting it to YouTube. Thank you again to the Tigers (who you can also find on Facebook) for their hospitality!


Seeking Family Stories of Civil War West Tennessee

With Hurst’s Wurst now published and selling reasonably well, I’ve begun looking ahead to new book projects and considering a few different subjects to work on.

One idea I have is a book with stories of what people on the home front experienced during the Civil War, particularly in West Tennessee. I am especially interested in stories of guerrilla attacks on homes and farms and what people did to defend themselves or simply survive. Some of these I’ve already shared in my latest book, but I’m sure there are many more that have never been recorded or at least published. It’s hard to imagine what the “common folk” went through, living under the constant fear of soldiers–both Union and Confederate–foraging on their property for the “greater good” of the armies, not to mention the home guards and guerrillas who pretty much did as they pleased.

I’d love to hear your stories!