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Duty, Honor, Country historical fiction series

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From West Point in 1842 through the Mexican War, into the Civil War, we follow West Pointers and others on their journey making history. In the vein of HBO's Rome miniseries.

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Duty, Honor, Country historical fiction series

  1. 1. First book in the series is FREE DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY Series
  2. 2. What is more important... Honor or Loyalty?
  3. 3. In the vein of HBO’s Rome miniseries: it’s often the people history doesn’t note that make history.
  4. 4. Why I Wrote These Books • As a plebe at West Point I had to memorize a considerable amount of lore and legend about the Academy and its role in history. • One fact struck me as odd, intriguing, and ultimately very disturbing: • In the 60 major battles of the Civl War, West Pointers commanded both sides in 55 of them, and one side in the other 5.
  5. 5. Our story starts in 1840, in Benny Havens tavern, just beyond post limits of the United States Military Academy. With William Tecumseh Sherman, Rumble, Cord, and Benny Havens’ daughter come together in a crucible of honor and loyalty. On post, in the West Point stables, Ulysses S. Grant and a classmate are preparing to saddle the Hell-Beast, a horse with which Grant would eventually set an academy record. We follow these men forward to the eve of the Mexican War, tracing their steps at West Point and ranging to a plantation at Natchez on the Mississippi, Major Lee at Arlington; and Charleston, SC. We travel aboard the USS Somers and the US Navy mutiny that led to the founding of the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
  6. 6. West Point Then
  7. 7. Benny Havens Tavern Our story in Book I (DUTY) starts in May 1840, at Benny Havens Tavern, infamous as a cadet rendezvous just off post of West Point. William Tecumseh Sherman, with Cadets Cord and King, are toasting graduation.
  8. 8. Ulysses S. Grant Racing for help, Sherman finds Grant at the riding hall along with Cadets Rumble and Longstreet. Grant was a horse whisperer, renowned in the Corps for his ability with the beasts.
  9. 9. Ulysses S. GrantThis is the earliest photo of Grant, taken after his graduation in 1843. He joins Sherman and they gallop down to Benny Havens to stop the duel, along with his friend Cadet Rumble. In the confrontation along the Hudson River, Rumble takes responsibility for Lidia’s condition and thus history is made and the fates of all involved are intertwined with history.
  10. 10. The Corps Rumble must resign from the Corps. The Vigilance Committee pays Mister Cord a visit, but he refuses to resign, despite his dishonor.
  11. 11. And At Sea, The Event that led to the U.S. Naval AcademyA mutiny aboard the USS Somers leads to the founding a shore-based school for midshipmen; the US Naval Academy. The image below is of the mutineers hanging under the US Flag.
  12. 12. The Looming War Grant is married, with Longstreet as his best man. But war with Mexico looms. Long afterward, Grant would say: "I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day, regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation."
  13. 13. We start with the battle at Palo Alto at the beginning of the Mexican War, percentage-wise, the bloodiest war in U.S. History. While Grant and Rumble battle across Mexico, Cord is with Fremont and Kit Carson in the far west, fighting to bring California into the Union. We end on the eve of the Civil War, with each man taking his place on one side or the other, as West Point classmates prepare to face each other in battle.
  14. 14. The Mexican War Grant believed the Mexican War to be wicked and wrong. But he fought, along with many other West Pointers, setting the stage for the Civil War. We meet Grant, Lee, Longstreet, Pickett and many other key figures as they battle across Mexico to the final victory in the Halls of Montezuma.
  15. 15. The Mexican War While Rumble is with Grant in Mexico, Cord is with Fremont’s 1845-1846 Western Expedition. He joins Kit Carson and Fremont as they battle for California.
  16. 16. The Mexican War A dashing, young George Pickett, leads the successful assault on the fortress of Chapultepec, grabbing the colors from a wounded James Longstreet, and raising the American Flag over the Mexican Military Academy. As the colors go up, members of the Irish Brigade who defected to the Mexican side over their religious beliefs, are hanged at the signal.
  17. 17. The Mexican WarRobert E. Lee, a young major of the Engineers, distinguishes himself in battle, scouting the way for the invading American Army. The Mexican War, percentage wise, had the highest casualty rate of any American War to date. Book I (DUTY) Ends here.
  18. 18. Between The Wars Book II (HONOR) takes our characters from the end of the Mexican War to the start of the Civil War. The man who would become the first four star General of the Army resigns his commission on the day he is promoted to Captain. Some suspect he was drunk on duty. He tries to make a go of civilian life, but fails miserably. Still, he frees the only slave his wife inherited from her family, despite his own poverty.
  19. 19. Between The Wars Our characters’ personal lives go through great upheaval between the Mexican and Civil War, but all comes to a head when John Brown is hanged. Rumble is there along with Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Thomas Jackson (not yet Stonewall) and even John Wilkes Booth was in the audience.
  20. 20. What is more important... Honor or Loyalty?
  21. 21. The Civil War Book III (COUNTRY) takes our characters from the Start of the Civil War up until the crucial battle of Shiloh, where the war changed. Former Cadet King has chosen to fight for his native South Carolina and goads General Simon Bolivar Buckner into firing the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter.
  22. 22. First Bull Run At First Bull Run, Rumble (designated by Lincoln to be his eyes and ears in the Army) meets a dashing young George Armstrong Custer, freshly graduated from West Point, albeit last in his class. The map below is part of a set I had for my military tactics classes at the Academy.
  23. 23. In The West Grant is unable to get accepted back in the Army. He finally gets a commission in the militia and fights in the west, along the rivers. At Rumble’s suggestion, Abraham Lincoln vaults Grant to general.
  24. 24. In The West Grant wins great victories at Forts Henry and Donelson just west of present day Fort Campbell. Lincoln gives Grant command in the west.
  25. 25. Shiloh Shiloh means place of peace. This is a reconstruction of the original church from which the bloody battle gained its name.
  26. 26. 5 April 1862 To The Soldiers of the Army of the Mississippi: I have put into motion to offer battle to the invaders of your country. With the resolution and discipline and valor becoming men fighting, as you are, for all worth living or dying for, you can but march to decisive victory over the agrarian mercenaries sent to subjugate and despoil you of your liberties, property and honor. Remember the dependence of your mothers, your wives, your sisters, and your children on the result; remember the fair, broad, abounding land, the happy homes and the ties that would be desolated by your defeat. The eyes and hopes of eight millions of people rest upon you; you are expected to show yourselves worthy of your lineage, worthy of the women of the South, whose noble devotion in this war has never been exceeded in any time. With such incentives to brave deeds, and with the trust that God is with us, your generals will lead you confidently to the combat— assured of success. C.S.A. General Sidney Albert Johnston (West Point class of 1826)
  27. 27. Shiloh All our characters are coming together for the great battle that will change the course of the war. Grant. Sherman. Cord. Rumble. And young Ben Rumble, son of Cord, stepson of Rumble.
  28. 28. Shiloh Our third book ends at the close of the first day. General Grant is sitting under an oak tree, in pouring rain, despondent over his battered army. Rumble and Cord and Ben are nearby in their own crisis.
  29. 29. Shiloh • Sherman comes to Grant, sitting under the tree, perhaps to urge him to retreat. • Sherman: “Well, Grant, we’ve had the Devil’s own day, haven’t we?” • Grant: “Yep. Lick ‘em tomorrow though!” • More Americans died in 2 days at Shiloh, than in all previous wars combined.
  30. 30. What is more important... Honor or Loyalty? FREE
  31. 31. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free books below available HERE www.bobmayer.com

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