Author Archives: Allen Mesch

About Allen Mesch

Allen is a author, educator, and historian. He has written four books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; and Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days". He teaches classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and shares his over 4,000 photographs on Civil-War-Journeys.org. He blogs about the Civil War on Salient Points.

Oh, the Joy of Editing

The public has this image of the writer sitting at his desk or her computer composing brilliant prose. It looks effortless. Perfect writing at first touch of fingers on keyboard. Oh, I wish it was that simple. As Charlotte Ahlin … Continue reading

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World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! Please get a copy of one of my books. The Analyst – $16 for paperback and $0 for Kindle Unlimited members Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point … Continue reading

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Another Review of Teacher of Civil War Generals

I just learned about  new review of Teacher of Civil War Generals on the StrategyPage – The News as History.  A. A. Nofi’s review reports, “Mesch does an excellent job of telling Smith’s story, while helping the reader get a … Continue reading

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Civil War Art Work

Please allow me to brag about my brother-in-law, James Irwin. Jim is an excellent painter and asked me to supply some Civil War photographs as subject matter for his art work. Today, Jim sent me three of his paintings. Battle … Continue reading

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Preparing for Disunion

I am pleased to announce that Preparing for Disunion – West Point Commandants and the Training of Civil War Leaders is now available from McFarland Publishers, Inc. and Amazon. Between 1817 and 1864, sixteen officers were assigned as Commandant of … Continue reading

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Author vs. Writer

I know some of you have been staying awake all night wondering about the difference between an author and writer.  Consider the following definitions: A writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece, while an … Continue reading

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Be Kind to Authors

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