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History Trivia #2: Preston Brooks Comeuppance From a Northern Duelist

My last History Trivia post concerned the infamous caning of Senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston Brooks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 22nd, 1856. I still had many questions after finishing that post, so I dug deeper. Again, the basic story is Senator Sumner gave an abolitionist speech that insulted several … Continue reading History Trivia #2: Preston Brooks Comeuppance From a Northern Duelist

Novel Update – June 2022

The Hole in Philadelphia remains a going concern. I still plan to publish by April of next year and release a sample this October at the latest. It is a work of historical fiction, so I’ve been studying history. One of my favorite ways to do so is to read fiction written in my period … Continue reading Novel Update – June 2022

Novel Update – May 2022

The Hole in Philadelphia is an active project. I still plan to publish by April of next year and release a sample this October at the latest. That’s the update. Read on for an anecdote. Most of the novel’s plot occurs in Philadelphia in the early 20th century, but I recently decided that some historic … Continue reading Novel Update – May 2022

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