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Award winning books about the Civil War and other historical events by James and Suzanne Gindlesperger

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OUR BOOKS

Click on any book to see a description of the book, with ordering information
To hear an interview discussing our latest book, Bullets and Bandages, go to National Museum of Civil War Medicine's YouTube page
 
 

REVIEWS

This new look at medical care during and after the Battle of Gettysburg is very comprehensive and will serve as a ready resource ...

RICHARD SCHROEDER, MD, FAAOS, ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON, LICENSED BATTLEFIELD GUIDE AT GETTYSBURG, ABOUT "BULLETS AND BANDAGES"

So You Think You Know 
Antietam? is a tremendous addition to the growing literature about the bloodiest single day in American History.

JAMES W. DURNEY, FOR VINE VOICE, VIA AMAZON, ABOUT "SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW GETTYSBURG"

James Gindlesperger’s Arlington: A Color Guide to America’s Most Famous Cemetery  is a handsomely produced book built around gravestone photos and information on 250 veterans buried in Arlington National Cemetery. 

The authors ... give us a well-organized very attractive fun book. Monument descriptions are well written, informative and fun to read. The authors eschew military terms or heavy handed details in favor of an easy to understand style.

MARK LEEPSON, IN VVA VETERAN, 4/19/17

JAMES W. DURNEY, FOR VINE VOICE, VIA AMAZON, ABOUT "SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW GETTYSBURG"

Using the words of the participants, James Gindlesperger offers a rare look into life at sea during the American Civil War. This tale of raw adventure and extraordinary courage will be prized by historians, genealogists, and those who enjoy a good story. 

Written with meticulous attention to detail, this story will be of interest to the casual reader and the student of the Civil War alike.

GOODREADS, ABOUT "ESCAPE FROM LIBBY PRISON"

GOODREADS, ABOUT "FIRE ON THE WATER"

ABOUT US

James and Suzanne Gindlesperger have long shared a fascination with the Civil War. Both have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, so it wasn't unnatural for James to be exploring the Civil War section of a local cemetery in the early 1990s while his daughter obtained information from nearby grave stones for a college project. When he discovered the grave of an escapee from Libby Prison he began a project of his own, hoping to learn more of the escapee, who apparently had been a local citizen.  Several trips to the National Archives uncovered some limited information about the escape, but there were still some holes in the story. He contacted the National Park Service and asked if they could flesh out what he had uncovered. The surprising answer was that they had even less information, and they asked if they could use the information that James had discovered. They also suggested that he publish what he had found, resulting in his first book, Escape from Libby Prison. 

That book received the George Washington Honor Medal for Excellence from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary, and was optioned by Warner Brothers to be made into a feature movie.  The screenplay was written and Tom Hanks and Dylan Sellers were selected as co-producers before Warner Brothers decided to drop the film from their production schedule.   

Escape from Libby Prison was followed by two more books, Seed Corn of the Confederacy and Fire on the Water, with the latter gaining James his second George Washington Honor Medal for Excellence. 

 

In the meantime, James and Suzanne had been visiting battlefields all over the East over a span of more than 25 years, and they had collected hundreds of photos and stories.  They decided to do a joint venture, writing So You Think You Know Gettysburg?, a series of stories of the men and monuments at Gettysburg.  Their first book together resulted in a Bronze Medal award in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in 2010.  The book's success led them to write two more books in the So You Think You Know . . .  series:  So You Think You Know Antietam?, and a second volume of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?. 

 

Following publication of the second volume of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?, Suzanne began laying the groundwork for their next project together, researching the field hospitals that arose following the Battle of Gettysburg. While she was doing that, James stepped outside the Civil War genre to begin a separate project that he had been hoping to do for a long time. That project culminated with his acclaimed book, Arlington:  A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery published in 2017. Arlington features a history of the cemetery, a discussion of how the unknown soldiers were selected and by whom, and a collection of the heroic accounts of some 250 men and women interred there.  It was quickly selected to be carried in the gift shops of such prestigious institutions as the cemetery itself, the National Building Museum, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Museum Shops, and the Manassas Museum Store.  Late in the summer of 2018 James received word that his Arlington book had been awarded the Silver Medal in the Travel Book Category in ForeWord Review's Book of the Year competition. It also has attained Best Seller status on Amazon.

 

Having completed that rewarding project, James joined Suzanne in the Gettysburg field hospital research, although the press of other projects led Suzanne to turn over the writing duties to James. Bullets and Bandages: The Aid Stations and Field Hospitals at Gettysburg was published by Blair in December 2020.  The book was awarded the prestigious 2021 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award for the best book about the Gettysburg campaign written in 2020.  It quickly became a Best Seller on Amazon.

 

With that project completed, the two have no intention of sitting back and taking it easy. Suzanne plans to follow her longtime dream of writing an historical novel, the subject of which hasn't been finalized yet, although she has a number of ideas from which to choose.

 

While she is working on that, James plans to resume his research into the trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of Andersonville prison and the only person hanged for war crimes for actions in the Civil War.  

 

James is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans, and he and Suzanne are both members of the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Friends of Flight 93, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Battlefield Trust, and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.  

 

James has served as a consultant on a joint project initiated by National Geographic, NASA, Google Earth, and Carnegie Mellon University to map and digitally photograph Civil War sites using high resolution robotic cameras with full panoramic capability.  He is also on the Civil War Round Table Congress speakers bureau.  

 

In addition to the organizations listed above, Suzanne is co-founder of PennWriters, a professional organization of published and aspiring writers. 

 

James and Suzanne live in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and they regularly do book signings and lectures throughout the eastern United States.  If you would like them to speak to your group or make an appearance at your event, please contact them to schedule.

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APPEARANCES

DATE
March 3, 2022
6:30 pm
July 2, 2022
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
(Time tentative)
July 2, 2022
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(Time tentative)
October 29, 2022
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 19, 2022
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
(Time tentative)
November 19, 2022
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(Time tentative)
June 19, 2023
Time TBD
EVENT
Lecture and Booksigning
Topic:  Seed Corn of the Confederacy - The Cadets of Virginia Military Institute
at the Battle of New Market
Booksigning - All Books
Booksigning - All Books
Booksigning - All Books
Booksigning - All Books
Booksigning - All Books
Lecture and Booksigning
Topic:  Bullets and Bandages - The Aid Stations and Field Hospitals at Gettysburg
LOCATION
Westmoreland County CWRT, 1261 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA  15601
N 40.283190, W 79.549400
Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA  17325
N 39.11573, W 77.226051
Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA  17325
N 39.819860, W 77.234700

 
Gettysburg Civil War and Militaria Show
All Star Events  Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
N 39.762370, W 77.270510
Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA  17325
N 39.11573, W 77.226051
Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA  17325N 39.819860, W 77.234700
Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table, Community Center of Hampton Twp., 3101 McCully Rd. Allison Park, PA  15101
N40.581610, W 79.935240
 

CONTACT US

To schedule a booksigning or personal appearance, please send us an email at civwarbooks@gmail.com