17 October 2006 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 6 comments

Today, I received the page galleys for my regimental history of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, also known as Rush’s Lancers.

I first started gathering material on this regiment twelve years ago, and it took me that long to research and write this new regimental history. My issues with finishing this project are well-documented on this blog, and I need not repeat them again. Suffice it to say that I reached a point where I was starting to think that this project would NEVER be finished.

Fortunately, it is. I signed off on the page galleys tonight, and the book looks really good. With the index, it will have approximately 320 pages, about 20 maps, about 70 illustrations, and relies on about a dozen sets of letters/diaries/memoirs of troopers, as well as numerous newspapers. I’m proud of it–I think it’s some of my very best work. Bruce Franklin of Westholme Publishing, my publisher, has done a great job, both with producing a quality, handsome book, and also with creating some buzz for it in the Philadelphia area.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to Brian Pohanka for the completion of this project. Brian was the first one to encourage me to undertake the project, and his wise counsel was invaluable to me. Thanks, Brian. I think you’d be proud.

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  1. Steve Basic
    Wed 18th Oct 2006 at 2:17 am


    Looking forward to getting a copy. Just ordered the new book “Chasing The General” published by them this afternoon.

    Hope all is well.


  2. Michael Aubrecht
    Wed 18th Oct 2006 at 9:13 am

    Eric – sorry to post this here, but I have been having difficulty emailing you and JD my thoughts and questions for the Free Lance-Star review. I am using the emails from the Stuart book website and they keep getting bounced back. I fear the problem may be on my end. Can you let me know if either of you received it, and if not, can one of you guys email me at my ma@pinstripepress.net address so I can reply w/ it? I’m hoping to get this drafted next week, in to editing by the weekend, and hopefully it can go to press in 2 weeks max. Thanks. – Michael

  3. Mark Peters
    Wed 18th Oct 2006 at 5:27 pm

    Having had the pleasure of purchasing S.L. Gracey’s book a year or so ago I, like Steve, look forward to getting a copy. Eric, have you any idea when it will go to print?

    Best wishes,


  4. Wed 18th Oct 2006 at 8:19 pm


    It should go to the printer next week.


  5. Mitch McGlynn
    Mon 30th Oct 2006 at 11:59 am

    Best of luck with your Lancer’s history. The project will always have a place close to my heart. The draft I was privledged to read was indeed some of your best work- an amazing amount of detail and new information. The Lancers were Philadelphia’s finest, and your tribute to them does them justice.

  6. Mon 30th Oct 2006 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks, Mitch. You played a role in making it what it is, and there will be a copy coming your way once I get books.


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