It seems like only yesterday it was Memorial Day and now the Fourth of July has come and gone. Before we know it, Labor Day will be here!

I have a little bit of an excuse, I guess, to be so long in writing another post. I worked about 65 hours a week for most of June (at a part-time job), and then I had four book signings in four days in July.

The book signings were wonderful and I thank all of those who took the time to come out and buy books or get the ones they already had, signed.

My first signing was in Union Mills, Md. at the Union Mills Homestead where J.E.B. Stuart had breakfast before the Battle of Gettysburg – or should I say the Battle of Hanover, since that’s the one he found himself in. A big thank you to James Shriver, a descendent of the original Shriver family, and all those at the Homestead who were so very generous to me.

The signing was part of the “J.E.B. Stuart’s Delay” re-enactment which involved about 200 cavalry from all across the country (and world… Canada and England were represented). It was wonderful to see those horse trailers pulling in from Texas and South Carolina and everywhere in between.

The next day I went to the Sheppard estate in Hanover, Pa., where the horsemen from Union Mills rode to take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Hanover.

That signing was followed by one at the National Civil War Museum in Gettysburg on the Fourth of July and then at Patriot Point Village on July 5.

From there, I packed my bags and went to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Nags Head, N.C., and do another signing at Duck’s Cottage in Duck, N.C. There, I sold out of the store’s inventory of books and had to bring more in from my Jeep (where I also carry an extra carton).

It’s been a whirlwind few months, and now I’m ready to take it a little bit easy and enjoy the dog days of summer.


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