Charles Phillip TSU '71 recently published his first novel. The Sharpshooter 1862-1864 is historical fiction that focuses on a young Texican's trials and tribulations during the American Civil War. The press release for the novel appears below:
13210 I and GN Road
College Station, TX 77845
The Sharpshooter 1862-1864
Blazes a New Trail in Civil War Fiction
Everyone believes that Texas, during the Civil War, was completely covered by the Stars and Bars. What everyone believes is not true. This new novel chronicles the adventures of a Texican who, like many others, fights for the Union.
Author Charles Phillips walks beside the footprints of such giants of Civil War fiction as Michael and Jeff Shaara. He walks beside them, not in their footprints, because in The Sharpshooter 1862-1864 (226 pp., tpb, $16.99; Kindle or Nook, $5.99), he doesn’t focus on generals or politicians of the Civil War era. Instead, his new novel focuses exclusively on those who are “made by history,” not those who few notables who “make history.”
Alfred Wallon, author of nine volumes in his series, the Civil War Chronicles, says The Sharpshooter 11862-1864 is “…a thrilling Civil War novel which captures the reader from the beginning. If you are a fan of James Reasoner’s Civil War Battle Series or Michael or Jeff Shaara…, you will love The Sharpshooter.”
Phillips’ novel chronicles the Civil War years of a young German-American immigrant raised in central Texas, who witnesses the Rebel’s persecution of his neighbors who oppose slavery. Young Jurian Baecker then joins the Union Army and becomes a member of the famed Berdan’s Sharpshooters. While with the sharpshooters, he participates in critical actions in the battles at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
Phillips’ attention to historical detail and the depth he gives his characters, fighting a war they neither initiated nor planned, leads author Robert Rubenstein to call The Sharpshooter a, “…top-shelf Civil War page turner with raw, absolute power.”
Charles Phillips is a native Texan, raised in Abilene, Texas. One of his great-grandfathers fought for Union, while another fought for The South. His shorter fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, StorySouth’s Million Writers Award, and The Best of the Web. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Texas at Austin and his degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently lives, teaches, and writes in the post-oak savannah region of central Texas. More information about the author and the novel can be found at www.cdphillipsauthor.com. The author can be contacted through the website.
He graduated with High Honors from Tarleton State University in 1971 and now teaches at Texas A&M University. His older brother attended Tarleton just after it had changed its name from "The Plowboys" to "The Texans."
Orders for the book may be placed at Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) by searching for —Charles Phillips sharpshooter. The book is also available from the publisher, All Things that Matter Press, at www.allthingsthatmatter.com.