06 April 2010 by Published in: Research and Writing 9 comments

Yesterday, I signed a contract with The History Press for a volume on Averell’s August 1863 Law Book Raid, which led to the August 26-27, 1863 Battle of White Sulphur Springs. Averell’s West Virginia and western Pennsylvania cavalry fought the infantry brigade of Col. George S. Patton in White Sulphur Springs, a couple of miles from The Greenbrier.

It’s never had any sort of a book-length study, and it’s probably overdue for one. Terry Lowry, who has done some good work on the Civil War in West Virginia, has agreed to show me the battlefield, and lots of people are helping me with it.

Unfortunately, the battlefield has been largely obliterated. A strip shopping center occupies most of the battlefield, and the three monuments that were previously in an open field are now in the parking lot to a Hardee’s fast food restaurant.

Stay tuned. I will keep everyone posted as to my progress. I’m nearly finished with the research.

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  1. JE
    Tue 06th Apr 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Great news, Eric! As a fan of Averell and anything WV related I’m certainly looking forward to this. Can we twist your arm into an Averell bio sometime soon ? 😉

  2. Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 7:43 am

    I love the Civil War history of the Department of South Western Virginia with Colonel George Patton and the 22nd Virginia Infantry. Been to all of those sites from White Sulphur Springs to Droop Mountain to Scary Creek. Operations in West(ern) Virginia are so under rated today. Thank you for sharing this with your fans Eric.

  3. Alton Bunn
    Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 7:55 am

    Its still a beautiful area. Been there a couple times for the annual reenactment and to Droop Mountain once. Looking forward to it.

  4. Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 8:29 am

    This is definitely a needed work. Anxiously awaiting it.

  5. Chris Evans
    Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 10:22 am

    Looking forward to it. Neat to see some of the more obscure campaigns get book length studies.

  6. Mike Peters
    Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 4:57 pm


    As you already know, I’m really looking forward to this one! My gg grandfather, Dudley Milam, & my ggg uncle by marriage, Sanford Gadd, fought with the 22nd VA. Milam survived the war & Gadd died 15 May 1864 at New Market.

    Terry Lowry is the man when it comes to the 22nd VA Infantry & actions in WV. His Scary Creek, Carnifex Ferry & Droop Mountain books are must-haves for anyone researching the war in WV.


    Mike Peters

  7. Thu 08th Apr 2010 at 8:38 am

    Congratulations, Eric! This will make for quite the interesting study.

  8. CLW
    Thu 08th Apr 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Eric, What is the status of the sequel to One Continuous Fight?

  9. Brian S. Kesterson
    Sun 11th Apr 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Eric – I would be pleased to share my research with you as well as photographs of relics I have found over the past 20 years from the White Sulphur site. Terry McVey also says that he would be willing to help and also share photographs of his relics. If you are interested just drop me a note. Terry Lowery is by far the best source to tap on this subject. He has a vast amount of knowledge on the Civil War in West Virginia and it makes me glad to see that you are using him as your expert! By the way, I have photographs of my relatives who fought in this battle if you are interested (US & CS). Just let me know if you are interested.
    Best Wishes,
    Brian Stuart Kesterson

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