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Research for The Blue Cloak:
- STAY TUNED!
Research for The Rebel Bride:
- Abraham Lincoln Online: Selected Quotations on Slavery: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/slavery.htm
- Abraham Lincoln Research Site: http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln2.html
- American Battlefield Trust: Chickamauga and others: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/10-facts-battle-chickamauga
- The American Civil War: https://mycivilwar.com/
- Atlanta Black Star: Not the Great Emanicipator: https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/05/05/not-great-emancipator-10-racists-quotes-abraham-lincoln-said-black-people/
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChickamaugaNPS/
- Chickamauga Blog by Dave Powell: https://chickamaugablog.wordpress.com/
- Civil War Digital: https://www.civilwardigital.com/index.html
- Dade County, Georgia: Battle of Chickamauga: http://www.dadecounty-ga.gov/180/Battle-of-Chickamauga
- History.com: Battle of Chickamauga and other articles: https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-chickamauga
- Handguns of the Civil War: http://civilwarhandgun.com/
- The Historical Marker Database: The Xzanders G. McFarland House and McFarland Gap: https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=39268
- My Genealogy Hound (various historic photographs): http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/index.html
- National Park Planner, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park: https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/georgia/at-a-glance-chickamauga-and-chattanooga-national-military-park/battle-of-chickamauga-chickamauga-battlefield/
- National Park Service, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park: https://www.nps.gov/chch/
- National Park Service, The Civil War: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/civilwar/
- Ohio in the Civil War: http://www.ohiocivilwar.com/
- Shiflett Family Genealogy: Hillory Shifflet Letters: http://www.shiflett-klein.com/shifletfamily/War/CW/hillory.htm
- Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War: https://civilwarhome.com/index.html
- Sons of Confederate Veterans: http://www.scv.org/new/
- Tennessee Encyclopedia: Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga: https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/battles-of-chickamauga-and-chattanooga/
- Thomas’ Legion: American Civil War: http://www.thomaslegion.net/americancivilwar/index.html
- ThoughtCo.com: American Civil War, Causes of Conflict and other articles: https://www.thoughtco.com/american-civil-war-causes-of-conflict-2360891
- University of South Carolina: University Libraries Digital Collections: https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/university_libraries/browse/digital_collections/index.php
- Wikipedia, for initial research and reference only
Research for The Cumberland Bride:
- Where the story took place--the Wilderness Road, stretching from eastern Tennessee up into Kentucky
- (more to come...)
Research for The Counterfeit Tory:
- Where the story took place--the backcountry of South Carolina
- Real-life villain Bloody Bill Cunningham, according to Wikipedia
- A more sensational account of Cunningham's biography
- (more to come...)
Research for The Highwayman:
- Where the story took place--the middle Shenandoah Valley, on the Great Wagon Road, near colonial Staunton, Virginia.
- What is a wagonmaster? Much about this story I drew from the diary of real-life colonial wagonmaster William S. Alexander, who worked the Great Wagon Road [different link from above] from Charlotte, North Carolina, up to Philadelphia. Quite the haul in its day.
- Why oxen and not horses? And, the handling of colonial oxen, with this fun article about oxen at Colonial Williamsburg.
- What purpose did the colonial "ordinary" (inn) or tavern serve, and what's the difference?
- Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia--an invaluable resource for local history and flavor. I could write a dozen stories inspired by this alone!
- Why "The Highwayman"? The poem by Alfred Noyes, of course, first and foremost ... with a happier ending. :-)
- Why a whip, and not a firearm? Well ... because it's fun, of course. Combine that chapter in Farmer Boy where the mild-appearing teacher takes down a group of bully-boys, the fancy whip-work from The Man From Snowy River, then add all the stories about Zorro, and ... yeah. (Come to think of it, Tom Burlinson's character reminds me a lot of Sam!)
Research for Defending Truth:
- Where the battle took place--Kings Mountain National Military Park [NOTE: the battle took place in October 1780, not 1781 as the timestamp says in the September 2013 edition. That was a most unfortunate typo ... my fault, not the publisher's! It was corrected in the September 2015 edition.]
- Another account of the Battle of Kings Mountain
- Who were the Overmountain Men? (called over-the-mountain in their time)
- Overmountain leaders John Sevier and Isaac Shelby
- About Indian/settler relations--TNGenWeb Project Colonial Period Indian Land Cessions
- History of apple growing near the Overmountain settlements
- Anthony Allaire's account of the Battle of Kings Mountain (loyalist perspective)
- The Bledsoe family really lived!**
- What did Anthony Bledsoe do after the time of Defending Truth? (Another account by Bill Puryear.)
- Was there really a Loven Bledsoe? (Yes, but his name was properly spelled Loving.)
- Who was Joe Greer? (besides an ancestor of my children's ballet teacher ...)
- What kind of stories of Indian attack might Truth have grown up hearing?
Also!! Truth's little brother Thomas returns in his own story, The Cumberland Bride, coming October 1, 2018!