Author Archives: Allen Mesch

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written five books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", and Preparing for Disunion. Allen's latest book, Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is scheduled for release in August 2020. He teaches classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and shared his over 4,000 photographs on Civil War Journeys. He wrote posts about the Civil War on the Salient Points blog.

Thank You for Your Service

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April 18 – National Columnists Day

Today April 18 is National Columnists Day. Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber picked the date. On that day in 1945, the “finest columnist of the 20th century” was killed in battle. Lieber celebrated the day and the man in … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Allen and Texas Annexation

I am pleased to announce that the Texas History Blog has published my post on Ebenezer Allen’s role in Texas’ annexation to the United States. The post explains Allen’s work as Secretary of State ad interim in Anson Jones’ cabinet. … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Allen Day – April 8, 2021

Today, April 8, 2021, the City of Allen Texas celebrates the 217th birthday of its namesake Ebenezer Allen. Continue reading

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Places to Buy Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy

Several people have asked where they can purchase a copy of Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. I have compiled the following list for your information. Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is now available at these stores: … Continue reading

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What’s Your Writing Instrument?

What instrument do you use to write? Continue reading

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Ebenezer Allen Day

Proclamation by Mayor of Allen, Texas declaring April 8, 2012, as “Ebenezer Allen Day.” Continue reading

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I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

“If I hadn’t been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.” – Harry S. Truman Continue reading

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Commentaries

I have added a new section on commentaries. The site has links to essays on a variety of topics. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

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Counties Named After New Englanders

Ebenezer Allen was not the only New Englander to make his mark in Texas. The contributions and importance of these immigrants are immediately evident in the names of counties in the Lone Star State. Of the 253 Texas counties, ten … Continue reading

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