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The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865

by Eliza Frances Andrews

The War-time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 vividly describes Georgia during General Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea. It was written by a young Southern girl and thus from a Confederate viewpoint.



HISTORY OF THE LATE WAR BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN CONTAINING AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ENAGEMENTS BY SEA AND LAND 1817

by Charlie Brown

CHAPTER L

Causes Of The War With England : Orders In CounCilâ??.impressmentâ??Indian Hostilities.

The United States assumed a rank among the nations of the world, in one cf the most stormy periods of its history.’ All Europe was. convulsed by the direful effects of the French revolution. The combined efforts of Austria, of Germany, of England to curb the power of France produced a convulsive struggle on her part which had well nigh crumbled their thrones in the dust. The mighty warrior called into political life. by this elemental war, seemed to move as the genius of the tempest. One of Ius ruling maxims was never to tolerate a neutral; all therefore within the reach of his arm were either allies, vassals, or foes. England, whose erroneous policy had in the first instance given rise to this distempered energy, chose to adopt the same maxim. She moreover appealed to the world as the defender of the liberties and rights of nations, and plainly denounced as traitors, .those who declined a participation in her quarrels.

Fortunately for this country, the waves of the Atlantic rolled between it and the fury of the European belligerents. However desirous they might be of engaging” ns in their mad contest, it could only be done through insidious arts, by which the inexperienced are entrapped, or by repeated provocations, calculated to produce a state of mind favorable to their designs. For twenty five years, these designs were resisted with unshaken firmness. The advice of Washington, to keep aloof from -8

the dangerous contest, was strictly observed. The nation was repeatedly exasperated beyond endurance, but the government opposed itself to the imprudent. effects of wounded feeling. It appeared to be a contest between France and England which could injure us most, and on our part how long we could forbear. But there , is a point at which this forbearance must become not only imprudent, but unjust. As in common life, where a tame submission to injuries invites a repetition of them: so a youthful nation, like a young man, will find some ruffian ilesirous of putting its courage to the test, and if found wanting, it is then with impunity insulted by the most arrant coward. The pains we had taken to keep aloof from the European wars, at last came to be taken for pusillanimity, or at least for a want of energy in the structure of the government. It became fashionable to represent us as a mean and sordid race, incapable of any generous feeling, and exclusively devoted to self interest, whom no insult, no injury, could provoke to strike, m short, that we could not be “kicked into a war.” The practices at first resorted to for the purpose of engagingus to share their battles, were now converted into the ordinary means of supplying their coffers or recruiting their strength. France confiscated and plundered our ships, Spain and some of the petty states followed the example, as though our pacific policy had rendered us lawful prey to $11 nations. England seemed to think that she had a right to transfer our seamen to her service at her pleasure. ‘Thus situated, it became no longer a matter of choice with this country, whether to remain at peace or not; war sooner or later was inevitable’, the difficulty was in the choice of the enemy, or whether t» contend with both.

From Britain we had experienced great provocation. This haughty power seemed to harbour a dislike to us for having so bravely declared and maintained our independence. Her conduct towards us was uniformly disrespectful and contemptuous. She had called us rebels, she still considered us but as successful rebels, whose destitution of principle must in the end, cause to fall * together by the ears and thus make room for the restoration of their expelled sovereign. Little did she know of the real spirit of American liberty. Her first transactions with us, were marked by faithlessness. The settling down of this mighty republic into that sober order and beautiful symetry which at presen



Prince of Wolves (The Legend of Genghis Khan Book 1)

by Katherine A Roberts

Mongolia, 12th century. Spirits walk under the red moon and the clans who live in felt tents are at war. Guided by an ancient prophecy, a boy rides across the steppe seeking a bride to unite his people under a single banner, giving birth to a legend.

He is Temujin, eldest son of Yesugei the Brave leader of the Mongol Alliance.

She is Borta the Beautiful, deer-whisperer and princess of her clan.

They are betrothed with the blessing of a shaman. But a stone flying out of the trees at their betrothal ceremony hints of trouble ahead. When Temujin’s father is murdered by a rival tribe on his way home, and an ambitious chief seizes control of the leaderless Alliance, their marriage seems doomed. Temujin and his family flee into exile on Holy Mountain, where they are joined by ambitious orphan Jamukha. The two boys become blood brothers, creating a spiritual bond between them that will tear the steppe apart as they fight for leadership of the Mongol clans and for Borta’s love.

Inspired by the 13th century text ‘The Secret History of the Mongols’, this first part of the legend is told in Temujin’s own words as he returns from exile to claim his promised wife and sets out on a trail of revenge that will turn him into the ruthless conqueror known as Genghis Khan.

Katherine A Roberts also writes books for younger readers under the name Katherine Roberts. ‘The Legend of Genghis Khan’ is part of her signature list for older fans and collectors of her work, and as such may contain themes unsuitable for children. Recommended age level 14+.



An Anxious Enquiry for a Beloved Son

by Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the “Prince of Preachers”. Spurgeon was to 19th century England what D. L Moody was to America. Although Spurgeon never attended theological school, by the age of twenty-one he was the most popular preacher in London.

A strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times each week at different places. Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years, despite the fact he was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later had to leave the denomination. In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon’s which now works globally, and he also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him posthumously.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works, including sermons, an autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more.



Confederate Military History: Lee’s Campaign against Pope In Northern Virginia

by Clement A. Evans

Confederate Military History is a 12-volume series of books written and/or edited by former Confederate general Clement A. Evans that deals with specific topics related to the military personalities, places, battles, and campaigns in various Southern United States, including those of the Confederacy.

Written with a heavy Southern slant, the articles that comprise the compendium deal with the famous events of the war. This account is of the Battle of Second Manassas or Second Bull Run, fought on August 29-30, 1862. The battle, a decisive Confederate victory, nearly shattered John Pope’s Union army, sending it retreating back to Washington D.C. The victory also paved the way for the Army of Northern Virginia’s invasion of Maryland in September, which would culminate with the Battle of Antietam. 



Callout: Responding to Haiti’s Earthquake

by Richard Davis

Callout is the story of one individual’s actions in response to the earthquake of 12 January 2010 outside of Port-au-Prince Haiti. Combining real-time blog entries of the time, photographs and commentary Callout seeks to explain many of the realities of responding to disasters near and far in the twenty first century. This insider’s view of the disaster response community provides an unusual perspective on an issue that affects many people and many places. This first person report is honest, raw, real and provocative and is must-read for anyone interested in Haiti or in the reality of disaster response.



The Science of Being Well

by Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought and self-help writer.  Wattles’ best known work is The Science of Getting Rich in which he gives great advice on how to achieve and maintain wealth.



Exceptional Americans: 50 People You Need To Know

by Donald Surber

“Exceptional Americans” tells the stories of 50 less-than-famous people who made their country and the world better. From Anne Hutchinson’s brave stand for freedom of religion to Norman Borlaug, whose improvements to wheat have saved a billion lives, Americans have made the world better. As one reader said, “These are the true heroes that US schoolchildren should be learning about in history.”



The Sheep Farmer V – The Trip

by Gerald Hartenhoff

John Allen, his wife Sara and niece Julie take a trip to Burwell, Nebraska for a nice pleasant visit with Jeffrey Jim and his family. The trip didn’t go quite as planned.

Here is an excerpt:

Jeffrey pushed through the crowd and stood in front of Jordan across the table. Billy was seated with his back towards Jeffrey. John walked over beside Jordan and stopped.

Jordan was pretty well drunk as he looked from Jeffrey to John then back to Jeffrey.

“How are ya, Jordan?” Jeffrey asked.

“Never been better,” he replied as he held up a half-empty mug and downed it.

“Do you remember my friend?” he asked as he nodded his head in John’s direction.

“Sure do,” Jordan said. “He’s married to that sweet little thing. I’ve been thinkin’ about payin’ her a visit. Lettin’ her see what it’s like to be with a real man.”

It took everything John had not to put a bullet in him right then and there.

“Watch your mouth!” Jeffrey demanded. He was about as mad as John, and if it would have been anybody else who said something like that they’d be dead.

“Or what?” Jordan asked with a sneer.

John and Jeffrey were both a little dumbfounded. How could this kid, who was average at best with a gun, be so overbearing and dismissive? He may not have ever seen Jeffrey kill before, but he had heard the stories.

“Listen, Jordan, we don’t want any trouble,” Jeffrey said. “We just came from talkin’ to your pa. He doesn’t have a problem with that man running his sheep on the Granger place, and you’re to leave â??em alone.”

“Well, I have a problem with it. I told that sheep herder to be gone by tomorrow. And not you or this piece of shit here,” Jordan said, pointing a finger up at John, “or my pa is gonna make me change my mind. It’s tomorrow or else.”

That was it. John sent a backhand that hit Jordan right square in the nose, sending him and his chair tumbling backwards.



A History of Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the War of Crimea A.D. 1453-1900, Volume II: 1525-1585

by Thomas Henry Dyer

Thomas Henry Dyer’s A History of Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the War of Crimea A.D. 1453-1900 is an expansive, six volume  history of Western Europe.

Volume II discusses the affairs of Western Europe from 1525-1585 A.D., including the reign of Charles V, the Reformation and Counter Reformation, and the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day.



Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?

by Charles G. Finney

 Charles G. Finney is best known for being a Presbyterian minister who played a decisive role in the Second Great Awakening and is thus known as one of the leaders of the modern revivalist movement in America. He wrote several works, including this one, which remains widely read today.



A History of the Later Roman Empire, from Arcadius to Irene: Volume 1 of 2

by J.B. Bury

J.B. Bury was a celebrated historian who wrote around the turn of the 19th century.  His classics on the Roman Empire and Greece still stand among the best texts on the classical civilizations.



History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming

by Hubert Howe Bancroft

Hubert Bancroft was a 19th century writer who wrote voluminous histories of several Southwestern states, including Utah, Texas, Colorado, and Nevada.



Mob Rule in New Orleans: Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics

by Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was an early 20th century writer who documented some of the effects of Jim Crow in the South at a time when segregation was the norm there.



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