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Is it odd that Paula Broadwell is only a major as a West Point grad with 22 years in uniform? I'd like to see her OERs.


Most of her time was not active duty.


you want time travel

Stuart R. Wood

Col Lang,
I would appreciate your views on the following article about Sherman's March to the Sea which started 150 years ago this month.

Stuart R. Wood


Stuart R. Wood

I decline the opportunity to debate the rightness or wrongness of various peoples' actions in the WBS. You are an anti-Southern bigot and it would be a waste of my time. I have deleted your longer diatribe as I do not wish to provide you a platform. pl

Timothy B Horn

Just bought the trilogy and started on The Butcher's Cleaver. At 71 my memory isn't what it used to be. And my familiarity with the East Coast is limited to Hunter Airfield, Ft. Stuart, & Ft. Jackson with a slight detour to SE Asia between 1969-1972. I'm trying to visually orient myself while reading. I've tried Virginia maps on Google which isn't that helpful. I did find numerous Civil War maps especially at http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/gilmer/id/131/rec/1 which can be expanded. It's typography is tough as it took a modern map to find Alexandria then back to the civl war map where Alexandria is kind of buried in the text and lines. But that should do until Mr. Alzheimers grabs me (my mother died of Alzheimers but my father is 99 and still going fairly strong.)

So has anyone provided a simplied map of the action for your trilogy? Just thought I'd ask. Thanks for the fantastic website and wonderful commentary. It's a daily must do. tbh



TBC was my first novel. Readers asked for maps and so there are maps in DPH and DTS. sorry. pl


Hello from Typepad



why? pl


Book No. 1 is still not in Kindle form and probably never will be. There are used copies of the book in paperback for about $8 or so. Typically $2 for the book and $5 for shipping. Wow, the book came out in 2007- how time flies!

At the risk of my review being taken as criticism, I make these points about the trilogy. Organized well, with lots of foreshadowing, starts a certain way & ends the same way. A lot of forethought and planning went into the books. My favorite character is Johnny Quick, an Irishman loyal to his friends but not necessarily their cause.

Reading spy material can be challenging b/c yo are trying to keep track of the same person in parallel lives. Good thing he wasn't a double agent- that would have made it more difficult to keep track. The "glossary" of characters at the end is very helpful in keeping a huge list of characters straight.

Good reading



Thanks for the review. Lots of characters. Yes. Life is like that. "War and Peace?" pl

Emil Pulsifer

..."preserved in amber". Reminds me of Copeland's Lincoln Portrait:

The dogmas of the past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

. . . As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.


I wonder whether Claude Devereux is notionally a descendant of the Earls of Essex?



The Devereuxs of my acquaintance were very Catholic so I doubt the connection.
If it is any consolation I am descended from the 3rd Earl of Salisbury. pl


Interesting, Colonel. Along with a martial disposition, did you perhaps inherit any of William Longsword's estates, or his Arms; which according to Wiki, seem to have been an Azure field bearing six golden lions rampant?
Would the US military have allowed you to bear them?



Sadly no on both counts. That line descends to me though several centuries of daughters, bastards and younger sons until the Puritan gentry got on the boats in the early 17th Century on their way to New England. The immigrant in that case was a minister, educated at Cambridge. pl

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