Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War

Presents a series of historical anecdotes about little-known, miscellaneous events and personal experiences of the American Civil War.

Author: Tim Rowland

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 9781616083953

Category: History

Page: 202

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Presents a series of historical anecdotes about little-known, miscellaneous events and personal experiences of the American Civil War.
Categories: History

Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II

Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II

The culture-wide experience of the Second World War in America has only been matched a few other times in our history. The War of Independence, Civil War, and World War I also touched every city, town, village, and hamlet.

Author: Don Aines

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510746862

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 289

Here are overlooked or forgotten tales from the world's greatest conflict. These are stories of courage, daring, and stupidity, some of which would challenge the imaginations of Hollywood scriptwriters. Some of the many true tales that author Donald Aines recounts include: • He would never be cast as a dashing war hero, but a cast member of "The Addams Family" television show volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs the Army Air Force had to offer. • The US Navy's deadliest submarine claimed an unexpected victim with its last torpedo, and led to one of the war's most harrowing tales of survival. • Bob Hoover's escape from a German stalag would have made a great movie. • British commando "Mad Jack" Churchill earned his nickname, arming himself to fight a 20th century war with a 15th century attitude and weapons. • The Germans and Japanese wasted precious resources developing weapons more dangerous to the users than their enemies. • The GI who stole the voices of his victims, and other Allied and Axis serial killers. Within the pages of Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II,the reality of war trumps fiction.
Categories: History

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Revolutionary War

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Revolutionary War

As a young man in a warm climate, he survived. As an older man in a northern winter, however, the story of the father of our country might have had a different ending.

Author: Tim Rowland

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781634509725

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 341

Astonishing Events from the American Revolution That They Don’t Teach in School! We all know about Washington’s crossing of the Delaware and Betsy Ross’s stitching together the Stars and Stripes, but how about a little-known, valid reason for the war itself and why General George was able to survive a plague that wiped out many of his fellow countrymen? History buff Tim Rowland provides an entertaining look at happenings during and surrounding the Revolutionary War that you won’t find in history books. He digs into the war’s major events and reveals the unknown, bizarre, and often wildly amusing things the participants were doing while breaking away from Great Britain. For example, conventional wisdom says that “no taxation without representation” was an important reason for the revolution, but not in the way we’ve been told. Colonists paid the wages of common-court judges, who were reluctant to rule against the men who paid their salaries. Therefore, duties on molasses (the key ingredient in rum) were generally unenforced until the British cut the tariff in half. Strange but true, the spark that touched off the revolution was in fact a tax cut. During the French and Indian War and then again in the first year of the revolution, the British were accused of biological warfare, infecting blankets with smallpox and then concealing them in Indian camps. So feared was the disease that soldiers began to illegally inoculate themselves before widespread vaccination was finally ordered for the army. Washington himself was immune, thanks to a Caribbean trip taken as a young man when his brother Lawrence sought a cure for tuberculosis. Lawrence wasn’t cured, but George was infected with smallpox in Barbados. As a young man in a warm climate, he survived. As an older man in a northern winter, however, the story of the father of our country might have had a different ending. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Categories: History

Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington DC

Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington  DC

Little-Known Tales about Our Nation's Capital Rowland, Tim. appropriated funding to protect ... If nothing else, the Civil War made Washington feel important, an emotion it was not entirely used to. Historian Margaret Leech wrote, ...

Author: Rowland, Tim

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510722798

Category: History

Page: 999

View: 367

Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington, DC is a collection of wild but true tales about our nation’s capital. Starting in the early days of the republic and reaching into modern times, the book recounts odd and humorous events that didn’t make their way into the history books. Along the way the book introduces a host of memorable characters: • Land speculators James Greenleaf and Robert Morris, whose financial shenanigans almost took down the Federal City before it was even established • Civil War madam Mary Ann Hall, who ran the city’s most upstanding brothel and died with an estate valued at $2 million • The “Treasury Girls—the first wave of female workers, hired to cut individual bills from printed sheets of cash (with scissors), who prompted a government investigation into immoral behavior in the workplace • The NSA’s secret staff of African Americans who went to work in code rooms after Harry Truman desegregated the federal workforce • The 1960s activist who drew attention to a rat problem in poor neighborhoods by shuttling them in his station wagon to the toniest parts of Georgetown Readers will also find out how a hurricane saved the city in 1812, how a demonstration of the world’s largest naval gun nearly killed the president, and about the tree at Washington Cathedral whose origins trace back to the Holy Land at the time of Joseph of Arimathea. With Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington, DC in hand, the city will never seem the same again.
Categories: History

Strange and Obscure Stories of New York City

Strange and Obscure Stories of New York City

Little-Known Tales About Gotham's People and Places Tim Rowland ... Following the Civil War, and what was viewed as the Southern folly of state's rights, the Produce Exchange—which united traders under one roof—represented the victory ...

Author: Tim Rowland

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781510700130

Category: History

Page: 228

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The 1948 crime film The Naked City (later a television show) ended with this iconic line “There are eight million stories in the naked city.” Things have not changed either before or since: every era and neighborhood is full of true tales and legends about which even residents are likely to be unaware. Strange And Obscure Stories Of New York City takes the reader on a breathtaking tour of the five boroughs in search of these accounts. Some are eerily fascinating in their own right while others explain how the city became the great metropolis that it is. Before the World Trade Center 9/11 tragedy, the aftermath of a fire aboard the steamboat General Slocum in the East River was the city’s greatest disaster. The 1904 event occurred during an outing for a church group. The loss of life—1,021 out of the 1,358 passengers—devastated the German-America community that inhabited Manhattan’s East Village. To escape bad memories, they relocated to the Upper East Side’s Yorkville, the reason why that neighborhood became celebrated for its German restaurants, stores, and breweries. On July 23, 1886, not long after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, a 23-year-old named Steve Brodie announced that he survived a 150-foot drop from that span into the East River. (A liquor dealer offered to back a saloon that Brodie wanted to open but only if he took the risk). Although there were no witnesses, news of the alleged jump made headlines, with The New York Times supporting Brodie’s claim, and the phrase “pull a Brodie,” meaning to try a dangerous stunt, entering popular parlance. Then too are the unsolved murders, ghost stories, urban legends (are there indeed alligators living in the sewers?), and hidden histories that are all part of this lively and captivating chronicle of the world’s greatest city. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Categories: History

Bourbon and Bullets

Bourbon and Bullets

Roy Morris Jr., ed., “America's Civil War: January 1998 from the Editor,” Weider History Group, September 23, 1998, http://www.historynet.com/americas-civil -war -january ... Rowland, Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War, 160.

Author: John C. Tramazzo

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781640124288

Category: Cooking

Page: 298

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John C. Tramazzo highlights the relationship between bourbon and military service to show the rich and dramatic connection in American history.
Categories: Cooking

Civil War Curiosities

Civil War Curiosities

This fascinating collection explores the unusual and often bizarre persons,attitudes, and events of the Civil War. Illustrated and indexed.

Author: Webb B. Garrison

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: WISC:89066426594

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 998

This fascinating collection explores the unusual and often bizarre persons,attitudes, and events of the Civil War. Illustrated and indexed.
Categories: History

Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events Webb Garrison ... another look at the most significant military and political events, Curiosities of the Civil War focuses on relatively unknown and obscure aspects of the war.

Author: Webb Garrison

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781595553607

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 777

Civil War buffs, be warned: Webb Garrison’s Curiosities of the Civil War may catch you off guard. Packed with obscurities and bizarre anecdotes, it spills over with specifics you’ve likely never heard. Debated, reenacted, and analyzed, the Civil War has been the subject of countless books, films, and scholarly research—many of them quite repetitious. This nuanced perspective on the war provides a glimpse beyond the bloody battles, casualties, and political conflict. You'll discover: The first sitting president to be exposed to enemy fire What badgers, pigeons, and bear cubs had in common during the war Which of Stonewall Jackson’s limbs received its own proper burial The turtle-shaped ship designed to douse its opponents with boiling water Which Confederate general was responsible for introducing camels to the Southwest This cache of peculiar characters and stories will deepen your understanding of the war and the people who engaged in it.
Categories: History

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Weird Word Origins

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Weird Word Origins

Over 500 Strange Stories of the World's Oddest Words and Phrases Paul McFedries ... It seems there was a certain American Civil War general by the name of Joseph Hooker who was infamous in his time for having “campfollowers” (a ...

Author: Paul McFedries

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241883198

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

View: 355

Get ready to chew the fat. This engaging, humorous new book explains the not-so-common origins of such commonly used phrases as "apple-pie order," "chew the fat," and "hat trick." Presented in a fun, easy-to-read style, it provides entertaining insight on metaphorical phrases, weird words, and strange expressions and takes readers on a journey through the bizarre and eccentric origins that make up our everyday speech. * Word books have gained in popularity not just with students and linguaphiles, but with a general population interested in the fascinating development of our language * Contains back stories for 500 intriguing words and phrases * Fun to flip through and also fun to read cover to cover
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Tales of Civil War 40 Books Collection

The Tales of Civil War  40 Books Collection

Novels & Stories of Civil War, Including the Rhodes History of the War Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Joseph A. Altsheler ... strange, childish, ignorant, restless—but still a response; and from obscure shallows unsuspected, ...

Author: Stephen Crane

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: EAN:4066338117021

Category: Fiction

Page: 9581

View: 611

Musaicum Books presents to you this meticulously edited collection of the greatest novels and stories written in the aftermath of the Civil War, trying to show the truth in disguise of fiction, the trauma, the turmoil, the massacre and the heroism of all people involved: Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage The Little Regiment The Veteran The Private History of a Campaign That Failed & A Curious Experience (Mark Twain) Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge A Horseman in the Sky Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler: The Guns of Bull Run The Guns of Shiloh The Scouts of Stonewall The Sword of Antietam The Star of Gettysburg The Rock of Chickamauga The Shades of the Wilderness The Tree of Appomattox The Crisis (Winston Churchill) Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (John William De Forest) With Lee in Virginia (G. A. Henty) Who Would Have Thought It? (María Ruiz de Burton) The Long Roll (Mary Johnston) Cease Firing (Mary Johnston) The Victim: A Romance of the Real Jefferson Davis (Thomas Dixon Jr.) Kincaid's Battery (George Washington Cable) The Border Spy (Harry Hazelton) The Battle Ground (Ellen Glasgow) Who Goes There? (B. K. Benson) Ailsa Paige (Robert W. Chambers) Special Messenger (Robert W. Chambers) How Private George W. Peck Put Down the Rebellion (George W. Peck) Raiding with Morgan (Byron A. Dunn) Mohun; Or, the Last Days of Lee and His Paladins (John Esten Cooke) Brother Against Brother (John R. Musick) The Last Three Soldiers (W. H. Shelton) A War-Time Wooing (Charles King) The Iron Game (Henry F. Keenan) The Blockade Runners (Jules Verne) The Lost Despatch (Natalie Sumner Lincoln) My Lady of the North (Randall Parrish) Uncle Daniel's Story of "Tom" Anderson (John McElroy) The Red Acorn (John McElroy) Winning His Way (Charles Carleton Coffin) A Daughter of the Union (Lucy Foster Madison) Chasing an Iron Horse (Edward Robins) The Man Without a Country (Edward Everett Hale) History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (James Ford Rhodes)
Categories: Fiction