brothers from Virginia migrate to new lands in the Mississippi
territory (present-day Alabama) in the early 1800s. There they take
brides, one an Indian woman and the other the daughter of another
settler, and try to build lives on the border of the Creek Nation. At
first, life is peaceful and happy as the two couples farm, build and
trade with the Creeks living nearby. But as more Europeans arrive,
economic forces, political ambition, and personal aggression result in
increasing conflict and then bloodshed, culminating in the Battle of
Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Tallapoosa is an exciting historical novel
about the Creek Wars and the ramifications of U.S. aggression into
Native American lands.
Larry Williamson’s story
of the first Creek War in Alabama (1813-1814), Tallapoosa (2001 by
NewSouth Books), was a rousing success, and this sequel, Muskogi
Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, builds on that tragic story,
including many of the same characters and mix of historical facts and
exciting story line.
Williamson’s update on the
Murph family and its strong personal connection with the local Creeks
living on the Tallapoosa River shows that Jackson’s Indian Removal Act
of 1830 was not fully endorsed by Alabama's citizenry, especially those
living on Creek lands.
Though the Cherokees Trail
of Tears is more famous, the Creeks had their own forced removal. The
Creeks knew they had little say in the matter and that many whites
would take advantage of the situation to steal their homes and
property, sending them on a heart-breaking path toward what would later
be known as Oklahoma.
It is troubling in today’s
diverse society to realize the lengths our ancestors took to eliminate
the native population from their homes, but it is also understandable
why so many of the Creeks in 1836 were willing to stand against the
government oppression unwillingly fostered upon them.
Larry's first book was the
historical novel Tallapoosa, about the Creek Indian War of 1813-14.
Muskogi Sunset, concerning the Second Creek War of 1836, is the sequel
May 25, 2014
Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce Stephen M “Sam”
Hood (KMI '70) as
the winner of the 2014 Albert Castel Book Award. This award is made on
biennial basis to the author of an exceptional book on the Civil War in
Western Theater. The adjudicating committee is made up of members of
Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table. The award is named in honor of Dr.
Castel, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo. Dr. Castel is considered one of the pre-eminent scholars and
prolific writers on the “Civil War in the West”.
Hood will receive the 2014 award on September 19th, for his book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and
Resurrection of a Confederate General, published by Savas Beatie
Dorado Hills, CA. The meeting will
begin at 7:30 pm, at Westwood United Methodist Church, 538 Nichols
Kalamazoo, MI and will be open to the general public.
Refreshments will be offered, beginning at
"Sam" Hood talks about his book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and
Resurrection of a Confederate General, in which he looks at the
military career, personal life, and legacy of Confederate General John
Bell Hood. In his book, the author, a distant relative of the general,
analyzes General Hood’s actions at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and
Antietam by delving into letters and medical records released by Hood’s
descendents. He argued that many of the Hood’s controversial acts are
clarified or redeemed through an examination of the documents
Commander, Navy Chaplin, USNR, Paschal (Bernard) Baute, KMI '47,
served with all four branches of the U.. S. Military-- over a 24
year period, tells his stories of coping
with loss, no matter what. He uses every chapter of his life dealing
with setbacks and adversity to design a resource, a guide, a program
for teaching resilience. Each chapter of his life, some 28 and 12
appendices has lessons in learning resilience, inch by inch—the hard
way, by experience.
Furthermore, Dr. Baute, also
a pastoral psychologist, has arranged with his publisher to make this
book permanently free to
all VA agencies, all Veterans and all military. By use of special code
in purchasing the book formatted for a range of hand held devices, no
Veteran or VA person will ever pay a penny to read this book. This is
my gift to my brothers and sisters, for those who have given so much..
Every branch of the U. S.
active military now has a program in resilience training ((See Appendix
Nine for descriptions). Here is your program for learning and coaching
the urgency of “attitude” for our disabled Veterans, for mentoring
coping well, no matter what, for taking charge of their own wellness
program. I have created this memoir with 26 million of my
disabled Veteran brothers and sisters in mind. Many early reviewers
view this book as a valuable aid in helping our Veterans cope with
their many adversities. If you like this book, please mention it to
others,” pass it on.”,
In love of my country and
our Veteran brother/sisterhood,
ORDERING INFORMATION (RELEASE
January 28, 2014) All ebook versions $9.95
Contact Paschal for pre-order information and group discounts
Portrait - Biography of the
by James Darwin Stephens
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top quality second edition printing
June 15, 2004
Summer Greetings, Alums!!
Many of you remember James Darwin Stephens from the class
Jim retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army and resided in Georgetown,
with his wife Glenda. He was most active in alumni issues until
death in the mid 1990s. Jim spent 20 years of his own time and
of his own money pursuing an accurate written and pictorial account of
the history of the Kentucky Military Institute. The final work
a masterpiece. Two hundred fifty copies originally were printed
the Berea Press at a cost to Jim of $100.00 per book. Many of you
bought the first edition for yourselves while others donated the books
to libraries, historical societies, and city halls around Kentucky. All
proceeds were returned to Jim's widow, Glenda.
The influence of KMI can be seen all over the
in Pensacola, Fl., for example, we have a park called Ferdinand
A memorial to Pensacola shipping magnate William Dudley Chipley shares
its space with a bust of Andrew Jackson. Chipley was responsible
for building Pensacola's shipping business after the Civil
War. He is an 1857
of KMI. Jim provides a fine biological sketch on Chipley in his
I often had contemplated going back to the Berea Press to see if a
printing would be possible. Dick Stephsenson, from the class of
checked into it and returned with disturbing news. The Berea
is out of business, and no one knows the whereabouts of Jim's original
materials.....including the plates.
What to do, what to do, what to
Enter Bill Victor, class of 1969. Bill owns a
in Akron, Oh. I sent a water damaged copy of a first edition up
him for his expert opinion. Today's state-of-the-art reproduction
technology can give us a top quality second printing. Bill said
actual cost of production could be under $150.00 per book if we can
enough orders. Keep in mind that
Jim Stephens entertained bids, resulting in a $100.00 per book
cost, fifteen years ago.
Leon Hirsh, KMI '68