A number of prominent Civil War historians will be on hand to autograph their most recent publications at two National Park Service Visitor Center Bookstores, Eastern National store managers announced today. Managers at the Eastern National Bookstore at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, in Corinth, Mississippi, and the Eastern National Bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield in Shiloh, Tennessee, will host two days of autograph book signings on Friday, April 21, 2006 and Saturday, April 22, 2006.
Guest authors at the Eastern National store in Corinth, Mississippi, will be Dr. Lonnie E. Maness, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Tennessee, Stacy D. Allen, Chief Ranger of Shiloh National Military Park, and Thomas E. Parson, Park Ranger, Shiloh National Military Park. Professor Lonnie Maness is author of An Untutored Genius: The Military Career of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, which recounts the Civil War campaigns and raids conducted by the famous Confederate cavalry leader from Memphis, Tennessee, many of which encompassed important military actions in the Corinth and Shiloh area. Allen's newly released book from Farcountry Press entitled, On the Skirmish Line Behind a Friendly Tree: The Civil War Memoirs of William Royal Oake, 26th Iowa Volunteers, along with several of his other publications, including Corinth: Crossroads of the Western Confederacy, Shiloh! A Visitor's Guide and Grant's Lieutenants: From Cairo to Vicksburg, will be available for purchase and signing. Also available for purchase and signing will be the book Bear Flag & Bay State in the Civil War: Californians of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, published by McFarland Press and authored by Park Ranger Thomas E. Parson, who works at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. These three authors will be at the Corinth Bookstore to sign and discuss their publications from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, and will return during the same hours for a second book signing on Saturday morning, April 22, 2006.
Guest authors at the Eastern National Bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield will be author/historian Ronnie Fullwood from Shiloh, who will join Chief Ranger Allen and Park Ranger Timothy B. Smith of Shiloh National Military Park, for an afternoon book signing schedule from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Fullwood, who grew up on the Shiloh battlefield, is the author of Shiloh's House of Peace, an informative history of the famous Methodist church where he has been a life member, and from which the momentous 1862 battle derives its identity. Once again, publications authored by Stacy Allen, including the newly released memoir On the Skirmish Line Behind a Friendly Tree, will be available for purchase and signing. Park Ranger Timothy Smith will be present to autograph his publications, which include This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, and his recently released The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield. A second autograph session is scheduled at the Shiloh Bookstore, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for Saturday, April 22, 2006, with historians Fullwood and Allen present to sign and discuss their publications during the two-hour afternoon activity.
"Shiloh National Military Park extends a warm invitation to the public to visit the park bookstores at Corinth and Shiloh during these scheduled book signings," commented Park Superintendent Woody Harrell, "for it is indeed rare to be able to feature the talents of so many area Civil War historians and provide visitors with the opportunity to interact with authors of this caliber." For more information about these autograph events, please contact the Eastern National Bookstore at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-284-4556 or the Eastern National Bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield at 731-689-3475.