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Bill Shepard's venture into Kindle publishing presents us with a well written, researched, and timely publication of the tribulations of the Civil War that focuses on the citizens of Maryland and other individuals in history who impacted events whether military, political, or humanitarian in our border State that was pulled by torn allegiances. Shepard's four essays set the background of the war, identify the key players and specific actions that they took that affected the outcome of events and places we can visit locally to learn more. A fan of his Robbie Cutler mysteries, I am impressed with the depth of Mr. Shepard's knowledge and writing talents.
In 1500 locations, you get four essays that discuss the role of Maryland in the American Civil War. If you have interest at all in American history, this is a nice set of articles discussing Maryland and the impact that the state had in the war. I really like this started with lectures the author gave at two colleges.
I don't study history or go looking for new versions of an old story. It's been a very long time since I picked up any book that held my attention. No reason to think "Maryland In The Civil War" would be any different. The lure of the new Kindle books dragged me in and the price was right. Mr. Shepard immediately introduced the people of Maryland, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Governor Hicks, bringing the happenings of the day to life. It turned a "nothing but facts" into a "what happened next" experience. People make the history and Mr. Shepard found them everywhere, in the streets of Baltimore to the White House. There was many times I heard myself say, "I didn't know that! "What don't you know about Maryland in the Civil War? It's time you found out. Maryland In The Civil War by William S. Shepard...A must read.
This is an excellent collection of 4 essays regarding The State of Maryland in the Civil War. Many of the facts I have never seen addressed and covered Maryland personalities, how Maryland was kept in the union (and why), military units and battles, and Doctor Samuel Mudd's involvement with John Wilkes Booth, among others. It is an easy and enjoyable read in a simple narrative style and is a must for Civil War buffs interested in an important and overlooked part of this conflict.
William Shepard's "Maryland in the Civil War" is a surprisingly good read. His coverage of Maryland's torn allegiances with the North and the rebel South is both informative and totally engaging. I was particularly impressed with Shepard's sympathetic profile of Governor Thomas Holliday Hicks' efforts to keep the State in the Union. As the author noted, Hicks' actions is a moving testimony to democracy at its best.