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 shares his over 4,000 photographs on Civil-War-Journeys.org. He blogs about the Civil War on Salient Points.

Learning How to Write

For readers who are considering writing a novel, biography, memoir, how-to guide, history, etc., I think the best way to get started is by taking a writing class. That’s how I began my journey. I prefer onsite classes rather than … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts to Improve Writing

Crossword Puzzles I like to do crossword puzzles. As an author I learn new words and their definition and correct spelling.  They are a good way to add to your vocabulary. Read Aloud Function in Microsoft Word I have been … Continue reading

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Article in North & South Magazine

In late December 2019, I was contacted by the editor of North & South Magazine about writing an article Major General Charles F. Smith based on my book Teacher of Civil War Generals – Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is Available for Pre-order and Review

Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is officially available for pre-order. The release date is July 15, 2020. My publisher is holding a contest for pre-orders, and the winner gets twenty books to donate to area schools. Your pre-order … Continue reading

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Oops! Errors in Historic Markers

The City of Allen applied to Texas authorities for a historic monument. Regrettably it was not approved. Some of the errors in the application might have led to it’s rejection. Though the man for whom the town [of Allen] is … Continue reading

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Photographs of Historical Places in Allen, TX

Photographs of historical sites in Allen, TX related to Ebenezer Allen. Continue reading

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Publisher for Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy

After sending out over two hundred inquires to publishers, I am pleased to announce  that Waldorf Publishing has agreed to publish Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy.  Their books are reasonably priced from $9.95 to $16.95. Their publications for … Continue reading

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Modified and Misquoted

Authors hate it when their writing is modified or misquoted. One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Jefferson’s 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of … Continue reading

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Adjectives

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or pronoun to make it more specific. Adjectives are a writer’s best friend. They help describe a person, place, or thing to allow a reader to form a mental picture of … Continue reading

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Preparing for Disunion Presentation

On July 20, 2019, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on my new book Preparing for Disunion – West Point Commandants and the Training of Civil War Leaders at the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. … Continue reading

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