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05.05.15 MILITARY HISTORIES, War Between the States, A Suggested Reading

Planter Jack Hinson prefered to stay neutral in the early days of the War Between the States.  This all ended when Union soldiers killed his sons, decapitated them, and brought their heads to his home.  The soldiers mounted the heads on the gateposts so Hinson and his wife could see them.  In response, Hinson became a one man guerilla force to make the Yankees pay for their senseless murder of his sons. 

Tom C. McKenney, a retired U. S. Marine Corps officer, having served in both Korea and Vietnam, has gifted us a magnificent book covering this despicable crime and the aftermath.  Fifteen years of research went into this work.  You will honor the Southern civilians who died at the hands of President Lincoln’s butchers by reading this tragedy.

You can get this book as a print book or as an e-book.  The publisher expanded on the story with the following words:

“Jack Hinson never planned to become a deadly sniper. A prosperous and influential Kentucky plantation owner in the 1850s, Hinson was devoted to raising his growing family and working his land. Yet by 1865, Hinson had likely killed more than one hundred men and had single-handedly taken down an armed Union transport in his one-man war against Grant’s army and navy. By the end of the Civil War, the Union had committed infantry and cavalry from nine regiments and a specially equipped amphibious task force of marines to capture Hinson, who was by that time nearly sixty years old. They never caught him.”