James W. Knights is as an interesting a subject as Emily Edmunds, protagonist of his most recent novel, Soldier Girl Blue. Knights, who lives with his wife in Canada, is a former FBI Special Agent, author of several articles on law enforcement recruiting, has been a volunteer pilot for the C…

In the Spring of 1862 Americans were still relatively naïve regarding the true nature of war.

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In October of 1861, Ellen Williams accompanied her husband, Charles, who had enlisted as a member of the Colorado Volunteer Infantry. A bugler by trade, Charles Williams’ was able to bring his wife along because she was a part time nurse and laundress whose services were deemed valuable enou…

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Andrew Edmonds tells us a coming of age story in this novel which is fun and charming and full of Southern intrigue. A student at North Central High School, Andrew alternates between his job at a local grocery store and surfing at the beaches around Charleston, South Carolina. The rest of hi…

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They considered themselves “Lee’s Body Guard,” cavalrymen specifically recruited to serve as scouts, couriers and guides for General Robert E. Lee. Though their battle experiences might pale compared to those of soldiers under J.E.B. Stuart and Wade Hampton, the men of the 39th Virginia serv…

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In October of 1861, Ellen Williams accompanied her husband, Charles, who had enlisted as a member of the Colorado Volunteer Infantry. A bugler by trade, Charles Williams’ was able to bring his wife along because she was a part time nurse and laundress whose services were deemed valuable enou…

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Andrew Edmonds comes of age in this novel of light-hearted fun and intrigue that is filled with Southern charm. A student at North Central High School, Andrew alternates between his job at a local grocery store and surfing at the beaches around Charleston, South Carolina. The rest of his tim…

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They considered themselves "Lee's Body Guard," cavalrymen specifically recruited to serve as scouts, couriers and guides for General Robert E. Lee. Though their battle experiences might pale compared to those of soldiers under J.E.B. Stuart and Wade Hampton, the men of the 39th Virginia serv…

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During the Civil War both the Union and Confederate governments utilized a wide variety of intelligence gathering techniques. On both opposing sides of that bloody war, tactics such as the interception of communications, behind enemy lines scouting missions, surveillance, and outright spying…

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Courier Book Review by C. Reece Sexton, publisher and editor emeritus of the Civil War Courier, Camp Chase Gazette, and The Citizen’s Companion

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Sometimes the best thing about history is the obscure events and incidents of which one has no knowledge. They not only provide an opportunity to learn but also inform and educate about people, places and things which may have influenced where we are today. They can also make for great trivi…