Thursday, March 26, 2009

"The Complete Gettysburg Guide" website is now up!

Steve Stanley and I announce that the website for our new book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide, is now online. The address is A couple of pages are not yet finished, but the content is complete for most of the website. On it you'll find information about the book, its contents, several reviews, and author information. A secure PayPal/credit card ordering system is featured on each page, and the special Orders page will give you details of the two versions of the book available.

The first is the regular first edition. Each one is personally signed and inscribed by me and Steve. They will last only as long as we have first editions of the book available. When first editions are exhausted, subsequent editions will be made available.

The second version is the Special Signed and Numbered Limited Gettysburg Edition. These feature a special, unique bookplate designed by Steve Stanley. There will only be 100 (one hundred) of these Special Editions available, and when they're gone, they're gone! We will soon have an image of this book plate on the website.

Anyone may begin ordering the book any time - we will have them (projected) on or shortly after May 15, and we'll begin shipping immediately after Steve and I have signed and prepared them. Special bulk purchase rates are available for schools, Round Tables, and similiar groups - to inquire about that, simply send me an email through the Contact Us page on the website.

The website, through our publisher Savas Beatie LLC, and personal signing events are the only guaranteed ways to procure autographed editions of the book. Please hurry to secure yours! Some of the Special Editions are already reserved, and subseqent numbered volumes (until the 100 are exhausted) will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date and time of your order. The faster you order, the lower your number will be.

Please check out the site and let us know if you have any questions.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The "FaceBook" network

Many of you, I'm sure, have heard of FaceBook (sort of the grown-up version of MySpace), and likely many of you are already members. If you aren't, I encourage you to check it out. There are quite a number of us Civil War/Gettysburg/History nuts on there, and FaceBook is a terrific way to keep in touch. Plus, there are many groups on it that you can join - thousands of them that run the gamut of history and virtually every other topic.

You'll find many recognizable names who are members, such as authors, historians, reenactors, buffs, etc. We all have a great time conversing every day. Most of the CW magazines have their own pages on FaceBook, as well as reenactor groups, preservation groups, and all manner of historical groups. It's a terrific way to network.

Check it out, and if you join just do a search for my name. Send me a request to become a "friend" (it's easy to do) and that way we're able to converse and you'll see posts and activity of a large group. You can build your own profile and post comments, links, etc. It's a lot of fun, very easy to use, and as I said it's a terrific way to keep in touch with many folks. You'll be able to chat with your favorite authors, magazine editors, and many new friends who share your interests.

Check it out and hope to see you there.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another map from "The Complete Gettysburg Guide"

Steve Stanley and I thought we'd show you another map from our upcoming book The Complete Gettyburg Guide. This one is from the map series in the tour of the July 2 action at the Peach Orchard.

Click on the map for a big, honkin' version. Steve constantly amazes me with his maps! All 70 of his maps, including many modern photographs he took of the field, are in full-color in the book.

Our website devoted to the book is nearing completion. The web page for the book on our publisher Savas Beatie's site is here, and the page for the book can be found here.