The fascinating life of the Irish Brigade general
Straight-Up History / March 10, 2016

Union General Thomas Meagher, who was born in Ireland, believed that the service of Irish immigrants during the Civil War could serve two purposes. First, they would prove that they were as worthy to be Americans as anyone else. Second, seasoned troops might return home to Ireland to lead a war of independence against the British. In this new biography, noted author Timothy Egan brings his unique style to telling the story of Meagher, the Irish Brigade, and the of Irish immigraton to America in the 1800s. Title: The Immortal Irishman Author: Timothy Egan Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Release Date: March 1, 2016 Pages: 448 The epic story of an Irish rebel turned American hero who shaped history on a global scale, including as a fighter for slaves’ freedom in all the iconic battles of the American Civil War

A timeless portrait of a frontiersman
Straight-Up History / March 2, 2016

There are few explorers who are the American icons that Daniel Boone has become. But he was far more than the character portrayed by Fess Parker in a coonskin cap. In this fascinating biography, Robert Morgan describes how Boone was lured by the opportunity and adventure of the frontier, which was then located in Tennessee and Kentucky. One of the most powerful sections of the book describes one of Boone’s long hunts into this uncharted territory. The thought of such lonely circumstances captivate the imagination. Daniel Boone was truly drawn to the notion of wilderness, and was most at home there, rather than in the business dealings of early America, in which he did not fare nearly as well. Although this is not a new book, this truly American frontier story remains timeless.   Title: Boone Author: Robert Morgan Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Date: 2007 Pages: 538 A masterful portrait of a mythic American hero offers a sweeping study of Daniel Boone in terms of his larger-than-life role in the early history of America, detailing his trailblazing journeys into the heart of the American wilderness, his participation in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary…

Real-life story of Custer’s Last Stand may rely on forgotten map
Straight-Up History / February 16, 2016

An appeal has been made to the U.S. Army to correct the map used at the only official inquiry into Custer’s Last Stand. “The map used at the 1879 Reno Court of Inquiry was a poor reproduction of the original 1876 map,” says author Robert Nightengale of Faribault, Minnesota. “The original map was drawn on the battlefield two days after the battle by Chief Engineering Officer Lieutenant Edward Maguire, using a prismatic compass and an odometer cart, while the trails were fresh, survivors could be interviewed, and 7th Cavalry soldiers were being buried where they fell. This map must be considered accurate, but apparently remained with the Chief Engineer’s Report of 1876 and was not produced at the Reno Court of Inquiry in 1879.” The appeal to the Army lists several discrepancies between the two maps and on the application it says, “I believe the record to be in error or unjust for the following reasons:  The printed map presented at the Reno Court of Inquiry as ‘Exhibit Two’:  1. Omitted a hidden Indian camp in the woods near the river which indicates a planned ambush.  2. About 500 wickyups (a shelter for up to four warriors) placed with obvious…