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Orlando Poe’s map

Topographical map of the approaches and defenses of Knoxville, surveyed under the direction of Union Capt. O.M. Poe, dated November 14, 1863, provided his commanding general Burnside with unequaled decision-making information. “In his official report Poe stated, ‘And here I … Continue reading

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Gay Street 1910

Knoxville’s Gay Street, fifty-one years after it was the scene of Rebel and Union recruiting, as recalled by the novel’s Parthenia Leila Ellis. Via Instapundit.

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Civil War dresses

The novel’s fictional character Parthenia Leila Ellis, of course, wore full black mourning because she was a new widow. But her good friend, the historical figure Elisa Brownlow might have worn something like this pretty plum wheat dress with bell-shaped … Continue reading

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Reprise: Mrs. Ellis’s copy of Lucile

I got the idea for Leila Ellis to be reading Lucile, on the night the Rebs drove in the pickets at Fort Sanders, from an old copy of the book I inherited from my Mississippi grandmother. Grandmother’s copy was published … Continue reading

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Nursing the wounded

Howard Pyle’s Civil War art, an illustration for a 19th century magazine story, keyed to the text and titled “I thought of you when I fell.” Not precisely my idea of what Mrs. Parthenia Leila Ellis looked like, but probably … Continue reading

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Knoxville 1863 at Red Adept Reviews

Red Adept is the nom de plume of a popular book review blogger. She recently posted my response to her recurring feature about books by their authors, asking: Which came first, the characters or the plot? “My aim with ‘Knoxville, … Continue reading

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Mrs. Ellis’s copy of Lucile

I got the idea for Leila Ellis to be reading Lucile on the night the Rebs drove in the pickets at Fort Sanders from an old copy of the book I inherited from my Mississippi grandmother. Grandmother’s copy was published … Continue reading

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