22 October 2007 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 11 comments

Here is the cover art for our book on the retreat from Gettysburg. The scene portrayed in the vintage woodcut is the July 8, 1863 Battle of Boonsboro. The cover art was done by the same graphic designer that did the cover art for the Stuart’s Ride book. The idea was to make the dust jacket for the retreat book be consistent with the Stuart’s Ride book, a la Gordon Rhea’s books on the Overland Campaign. It only makes me more eager to see the final product when the book is published.

There will be 16 maps, and something like 50 illustrations. Given the word count, Ted Savas tells me that we’re looking at a book in the range of 550 pages in length. That will be my longest book, by a long shot. Both of the driving tours include complete GPS coordinates, meaning that it will be VERY difficult for anyone following them to get lost.

There already seems to be some buzz building about this book. It’s a shame we have to wait for next June for it to come out…..

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  1. Steve Basic
    Mon 22nd Oct 2007 at 10:37 pm


    Love the cover, and it looks great!! Am smiling here as I was born on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Boonsboro.. July 8, 1963. 🙂

    Hope all is well.


  2. Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Nice cover! Looking forward to reviewing it for the Free Lance-Star.

  3. Rick Allen
    Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Is Mike’s middle name Francis??

    Just asking, sounds nice and Irish. LOL

    Great looking cover guys, I cant wait to read it.


  4. Mike Nugent
    Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Francis it is Rick.

    (One professional Irishman to another!)


  5. Wade Sokolosky
    Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 8:52 pm


    Congrats!! The cover looks great and I am looking forward to reading the book.


  6. Scott Mingus
    Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Outstanding! This promises to be a great addition to the library.

  7. Tue 23rd Oct 2007 at 10:09 pm


    Kudos! Superb cover art selection once again…the graphic sets the tone beautifully. I know its going to be a must read for every enthusiast!


  8. Wed 24th Oct 2007 at 9:27 am

    Thanks, Guys – Savas’ designer did a beautiful job with the cover. When the three of us saw it for the first time we were very impressed. Very nice ‘set match’ for the Stuart’s Ride book.

    That woodcut is really the only nice image of fighting during the retreat, and as I posted on my blog yesterday, our concentration is on the efforts to pursue – touching off the 22 battles and skirmishes between July 5 and 14. So, the cover is very apropos – rather than one of the old standards of the Confederate wagons slogging south through the rain, which many have seen over and over.


  9. Duane
    Wed 24th Oct 2007 at 10:47 am


    I was working in the Mine the other night, and I already have someone else who wants to buy this thing. The poor guy almost cried when I told him he to wait until June!

    It looks good, and I can’t wait!


  10. Bill Shepherd
    Wed 24th Oct 2007 at 10:50 pm

    The artwork here is very “eye catching” and certainly will compel the book brower to take a look inside…… after reading a paragraph or two, the book browser will be a book buyer, I’d surmise. Sorry if you have explained this earlier, but where does the title “One Continous Fight” come from ? A letter or diary perhaps?

  11. Wed 24th Oct 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks, Bill. The title comes from a Confederate cavalryman, who was describing his ordeal during the retreat. Here’s the whole quote: “Covering the retreat of an army is not a fun thing to do,” observed Pvt. L.T. Dickinson of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. “It was one continuous fight until we reached Hagerstown, Md.; and even after that, for we had skirmishes every day until Gen. Lee recrossed the Potomac.”

    It comes from an article by Dickinson that appeared in Confederate Veteran.


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