Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baldacci's "The Hit"- Isn't

Best-selling novelist David Baldacci's latest, "The Hit" (2013, Grand Central Publishing, $27.99 hardcover) misses the mark. If your two lead characters are CIA assassins, it would help if they were at least a little likable and personable and not cold, ruthless robots who Baldacci gives only a few compassionate moments, and minimal back stories.

Friday, July 5, 2013

South Carolina Troops at Gettysburg Speech

I had the opportunity and honor to speak on July 1, 2013 at a Battle of Gettysburg sesquicentennial memorial held at Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery where 82 S.C. soldiers killed at Gettysburg were reinterred in 1871 from graves on the Pennsylvania battlefied.
(See Charleston Post and Courier coverage- for P&C Warren Peper video do Google search)
This headstone at Magnolia Cemetery marks the remains of nearly a dozen S.C. soldiers who fell at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863
I spoke about the role of South Carolina troops at this momentous Civil War battle. Here are the key excerpts:
Gettysburg and S.C. Soldiers
South Carolina was well-represented at the Battle of Gettysburg, which began 150 years ago today.

Nearly 5,000 South Carolina soldiers fought in the battle. They were an integral part of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, which numbered 70,000 going into Gettysburg. Union Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac had 94,000 men.