Thanks for Your Service

Thank you, Veterans


And in “THANKS-GIVING”, I want to replay a Civil War song that encapsulates my feelings about the service and sacrifice you made for OUR GREAT COUNTRY. (Please accept the updating of the original lyrics.)

When Johnny and Joanie come marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give them a hearty welcome then, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout. The ladies they will all turn out.
And we’ll all feel great when Johnny and Joannie come marching home.

The old church bell will peal with joy, Hurrah! Hurrah
to welcome home our darling girl and boy. “Hurrah! Hurrah”
the village lads and lassies say. With roses they will strew the way.
And we’ll all feel great when Johnny and Joannie come marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee, Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give the hero three times three, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now to place upon their loyal brow.
And we’ll all feel great when Johnny and Joannie come marching home.

Also from the Civil War era (and a little beyond), on our visit to the re-opened St. Petersburg Museum of History, I found a 3,000-year-old mummy dubbed “Lady of the Nile.”

In the new “Odditorium,” which houses the mummy, I also got to see Geronimo’s signature, Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s reading glasses, and a necklace made of hair from President Millard Fillmore’s family.

Custer Glasses, ca. 1839-1876
These reading glasses were believed to be worn by Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. A Union officer during the Civil War, Custer’s fame came from his “Last Stand” at the Battle of Little Bighorn during the American Indian Wars – where he met his demise. Though no photos exist of him wearing glasses, Custer was known to be concerned about his appearance and it is not out of the question that he donned these when out of the public eye.

In closing, I’m pleased to announce that my mystery-thriller novel, “The Custer Conspiracy” was awarded the prestigious Silver Medal by the Military Writers Society of America.

Thank you for your on-going support of my writing craft. I would be pleased to autograph and personalize any book you purchase through my shopping cart on this website.

Recently Uncovered Data May Support Theory that Custer Survived

Associated Press  (June 21, 2017)

This coming Sunday, June 25th, in the year 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer was killed, along with five companies of the Seventh Cavalry who rode with him, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn —

… Or was he?

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Custer to Attend Wild Deadwood Reads This Summer


Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer has agreed to come with me to Wild Deadwood Reads in South Dakota on June 10th.

This isn’t the only time Custer has been in Black Hills country. Way back in July of 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant issued orders for Custer to scout a suitable site for a military post in the Black Hills. Custer himself told me his big mistake was bringing along those two prospectors. It had been rumored for years that the Black Hills were rich in gold, and those damn prospectors found it. “The beginning of the end,” he told me in genuine sorrow, “of the Plains Indians and their way of life.” Continue reading