Author Archives: Allen Mesch

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.

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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Got Electricity? – How About an EBook?

I ask the question because for much of the past week (February 14 to February 20) some Texans have been without power, clean water, and natural gas. As we thaw out, we are confronted with broken pipes, water damage, and … Continue reading

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The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman is a biographical film based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne or The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. The movie is about Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson), who became director of an Oxford University Press project in 1879, The New English Dictionary … Continue reading

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Amanda Gorman

Wow! That’s all I can say about Ms. Amanda Gorman. Her inauguration speech The Hill We Climb was amazing. I’m not going to bore you with her vita which is available at Amanda Gorman. For those of you who missed … Continue reading

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What Do You Chose?

President Biden’s address to the nation and its emphasis on unity and resolution of differences suggested to me that Americans had many choices that will determine the fate of our democracy. For us to work together to solve the many … Continue reading

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Let Us Be Strong Spiritual Anvils

“So in the days ahead, let us not sink into the quicksands of violence; rather let us stand on the high ground of love and noninjury. Let us continue to be strong spiritual anvils that will wear out many a … Continue reading

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