David H. Jones, KMI Class of 1958

By late January of 1863, the 9th Massachusetts Battery of Light Artillery has been stationed within the Washington, D.C. defenses the entirety of its five-month existence. The soldiers are badly demoralized, inadequately trained and poorly disciplined. When the inept captain of the battery believes that he’s about to be fired, he hastily resigns, and the governor of Massachusetts promptly selects a twenty-three-year-old artillery officer with battlefield experience to take command.

Captain John Bigelow institutes strict discipline and rigorous training which causes the men, including Chief Bugler Charles Wellington Reed, to consider him to be a heartless tyrant. However, Captain Bigelow’s methods rapidly improve their capabilities and Reed reluctantly gains respect for the new captain. Nevertheless, subtle conflict between captain and bugler remains in a manner only constrained by military protocol. KMI alumni will recognize a certain phrase spoken by Captain Bigelow to his gunners and cannoneers at one point in the book.

In late June of 1863 the battery is collected by the Army of the Potomac as it passes the Washington defenses to thwart an invasion by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. After days of hard marching, Bigelow’s Battery arrives on the Gettysburg battlefield in the forenoon of July 2, 1863. Within hours they are immersed in violent combat during which the officers and men of the battery fight like veterans against the Confederates. Unbeknownst to Charlie, he will twice disobey a direct order from Captain Bigelow before the day is out. When furious fighting reaches a crescendo, the inexperienced light artillery battery is ordered to hold its position at all hazards, meaning until it’s overrun. Without hesitation the batterymen stand to their guns and sacrifice their life’s blood to gain the time necessary for a second line of artillery to be formed behind them, thus helping to prevent a disastrous defeat for the Federal Army on Northern soil. Charlie saves his captain’s life and is awarded the Medal of Honor in post-war years.
The characters portrayed in this historical novel were actual persons who participated in critical moments of fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. The substance of the story is derived from books, letters and accounts penned by these participants and contemporary observers. Words of dialogue and narration are often borrowed from their written recollections and imagined scenes are founded on circumstances described in such sources.

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WARD IRVIN, KMI Class of 1968

Road to Rupp is the fictional recollection of a small-town, Kentucky high school basketball phenom as he and his teamWard Irvin overcomes obstacles, both on and off the court, while chasing the state title. JoWayne Boone and the Liberty High Colonels are headed to the state championship. .

Long before Ward Irvin had thoughts of writing Road to Rupp, he was born into a modest family in Louisville, KY. The second of five boys, Irvin received his elementary and middle school education in public school and spent his high school years at an all-boy military school (KMI). He later attended The University of Kentucky where he met his wife, Belinda. Upon graduation, Ward and Belinda married and later parented three sons. The family moved to Charleston, SC, in the Fall of 1978 where they currently reside. When Ward is not writing, his hobbies include playing guitar, cycling and swimming. He has published several sports-related articles and has composed over 200 songs. It is Ward’s love of teamwork and competitive sports that was the inspiration for this story. Road to Rupp is his first novel. To learn more about Ward and to follow the development of future titles in the JoWayne Boone series, please visit WardIrvin.com or WardsFastBreak.com

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Two 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.

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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 to Tallapoosa.

May 25, 2014
The 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 a biennial basis to the author of an exceptional book on the Civil War in the Western Theater. The adjudicating committee is made up of members of the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table. The award is named in honor of Dr. Albert Castel, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University here in Kalamazoo. Dr. Castel is considered one of the pre-eminent scholars and most prolific writers on the “Civil War in the West”.

Mr. 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 LLC, El Dorado Hills, CA.   The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, at Westwood United Methodist Church, 538 Nichols Road, Kalamazoo, MI and will be open to the general public.  Refreshments will be offered, beginning at 7:00 pm.

John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Sam Hood, KMI '70

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Stephen "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

Lt. Commander, Navy Chaplin, USNR, Paschal (Bernard) Baute, KMI '47,  who  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.”,
"two chapters on KMI"   
In love of my country and our Veteran brother/sisterhood,
ORDERING INFORMATION (RELEASE January 28, 2014)   All ebook versions $9.95
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A Portrait - Biography of the
Kentucky Military Institute
(1845 - 1971)
by James Darwin Stephens
Copyright 1991

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top quality second edition printing   -  OUT-OF-PRINT 
June 15, 2004 
Summer Greetings, Alums!! 

Many of you remember James Darwin Stephens from the class of 1933.  Jim retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army and resided in Georgetown, Ky.  with his wife Glenda.  He was most active in alumni issues until his death in the mid 1990s.  Jim spent 20 years of his own time and $30,000.00 of his own money pursuing an accurate written and pictorial account of the history of the Kentucky Military Institute.  The final work was a masterpiece.  Two hundred fifty copies originally were printed by 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 country.  Here in Pensacola, Fl., for example, we have a park called Ferdinand Plaza.  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 graduate of KMI.  Jim provides a fine biological sketch on Chipley in his book.  I often had contemplated going back to the Berea Press to see if a second printing would be possible.  Dick Stephsenson, from the class of 1958, checked into it and returned with disturbing news.  The Berea Press 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 do?????

Enter Bill Victor, class of 1969.  Bill owns a publishing company in Akron, Oh.  I sent a water damaged copy of a first edition up to him for his expert opinion.  Today's state-of-the-art reproduction technology can give us a top quality second printing.  Bill said the actual cost of production could be under $150.00 per book if we can confirm enough orders.  Keep in mind that  Jim Stephens entertained bids, resulting in a $100.00 per book production cost, fifteen years ago. 

Thanks,  Leon
Leon Hirsh, KMI '68



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