Blue & Gray Days| November 4-5, 2016

Blue & Gray Days draws hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year.  Hosted by both The Carter House and Carnton Plantation, guests will meet Civil War re-enactors and get hands-on experience with clothes, trades, and weapons of the past.  This living history experience is the perfect field trip and great for families.  For additional details or to make field trip reservations, please contact Angell Wallace at (615) 794-0903 or


2nd Iowa Cav GAR badge

I visited a relic store in Decatur, GA recently and found this 2nd Iowa Cav GAR badge. It goes nicely with the tintype I recently sold of Milton Sweet, a 2nd Iowa Cav soldier. The 2nd Iowa Cav was part of the Battle of Franklin, especially Hood’s Retreat.


The badge (right) is for sale for $75.00. The image of Sweet (left) is sold.

Battle of Franklin Symposium | October 21 – 22, 2016

Through lectures, panel discussions, and tours of the battlefield and historic homes, the symposium will offer an in-depth look at the Western Theater of the Civil War in 1864. Attendees will learn about the events leading up to the Battle of Franklin, the battle’s tactics, civilian perspectives, and post battle logistics. This event will allow guests to learn about this pivotal moment in American history in a unique way. Click here for more information or to register for this event!

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday, October 20
Opening Reception at Carter House, 5:30 pm – 7pm

Friday, October 21
Breakfast and Lightning Round Speakers, 7:30 am
Columbia & Spring Hill Battlefield Tours, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Dinner at Carnton with speakers Sam Hood, author of two books on General John Bell Hood, and Dr. Carroll Van West, State Historian., 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 22
Breakfast and Lightning Round Speakers, 7:30 am
Franklin Battlefield Tours, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvres at Drury, 6:30 pm

For questions, please contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or

Very rare war-dated signature of Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne for sale

I want to share an incredible artifact I am offering through my online store, The Civil War Shoppe. It is an extremely rare, war-dated signature of Confederate Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne. Is it expensive, yes? Is it rare? A war-dated signature of Cleburne is nearly impossible to find.  Click on the link or email me to handle payment details – $3,695.00 (firm).


Sample Cleburne sigantures


The Orphan Mother – new novel by Robert Hicks

hicks-bookRobert’s latest novel, THE ORPHAN MOTHER, is an epic tale of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South” – has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah – no stranger to loss – finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people – including George Tole, a recent arrival in town, fleeing a difficult past of his own – and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), THE ORPHAN MOTHER is the unforgettable story of one woman’s heroic struggle in the face of overwhelming adversity and the undeniable strength of a mother’s love.

Order it now!