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Prelude to Civil war -- Harper's Ferry, October, 1859
A chronicle of the U.S. Marines' assignment to, preparation for, and direct participation in the precarious October 1859 conflict at Harper's Ferry, Virginia – John Brown's raid and his capture.
An enlivening and accurately detailed historical fiction narrative of the most significant prelude to our Civil War.
This novel includes over 300 informational annotations throughout its pages and a 46-page Appendix. Both are designed to enlighten the reader regarding the following critical contributors to this event: the Marines themselves, the B&O Railroad, the town of Harper"s Ferry, and the U.S. Armory/Arsenal.
Oddly enough, the United States Marines' role during the capture of John Brown at Harper's Ferry, October 1859, has been wholly overlooked and virtually forgotten – even by the Marines themselves.
Why were the Marines sent? Who were they? How were they organized? How did they prepare for the journey to Harper's Ferry? (Harpers Ferry is our modern spelling of the town's name. What happened to the apostrophe in "Harper's" after our Civil War is an unsolved mystery.)
What credibly took place after the Marines arrived? What kind of a wooden ladder could do what three heavy sledgehammers could not? How and why did the sword used to strike down John Brown bend? As one studies the Marines' involvement in this bygone confrontation, more and more questions present themselves and demand explanation.
Now, one hundred and sixty-plus years after the event, this historical novel offers an in-depth look at the actions of those heroic, but forgotten, Marines. Although fictional dialogue has been incorporated to give "life" to the story, historical accuracy has been preserved as correctly as possible.
Dale Lee Sumner was born and reared in a very Navy family. His father was a retired Avionics Chief Petty Officer, and his mother a Yeoman Third Class Petty Officer during WWII. His brother was a Navy SEAL. His sister is married to a career Naval officer. Dale retired as a Commander (O-5) in the Supply Corps.
As a Navy enlisted man, while stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Arizona, he experienced the unusual privilege of being awarded the station's highest honor of "Marine of the Month." A close association with the Marines continued throughout the rest of his Naval career.
In 1996, Dale and Robert O. Wagner, Jr. cofounded the first Civil War Federal Marine reenacting unit – "U.S. Marine Detachment, Washington Navy Yard, 1859-1865."
He and his wife currently reside in Middle Georgia.
Language : English
Hardcover : 443 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-1-7353063-5-3
Item Weight : 2.1 pounds
Dimensions : 7 x 1.19 x 10 inches
Publication Date : May 6, 2021
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