Ohio author explores the past in “Lost Civil War”
“Lost for development.” “Burned down in 1864.” “Consumed by the Atlantic Ocean.” “Blown in 1865.” Many significant Civil War sites are available for tours, well maintained by the national park system. Unlike Gettysburg and Antietam, however, the locations from Laura DeMarco’s book “Lost Civil War” cannot be visited.
Over 50 sites, battlefields, and in some cases entire cities now only exist in photos or crumbling foundations. Some were destroyed during the war, such as the Wilmington Railroad Depot in Charleston, South Carolina, which was accidentally destroyed by scavengers who came to loot food and ammunition left behind when Confederate troops fled during the occupation of Sherman.
Other sites have been abandoned altogether, such as various forts; much of the land where the Battle of Peachtree Creek took place is now a golf course. Fort Wagner, South Carolina, better known as the site where the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment demonstrated great valor and suffered heavy casualties, now lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean. The remains there were moved after the war.
According to DeMarco’s assessment, the most recent vestiges of the “lost civil war” are the monuments that were removed in the recent wave of protests against the symbols of Confederation. Statues of Robert E. Lee are shown being removed; a Jefferson Davis memorial is splashed with spray paint. In 2017, a statue on the University of North Carolina campus is surrounded by police, protecting against vandals; three days later, the statue’s vacant pedestal is shown, its figure having been knocked down by protesters.
Black and white photos are reproduced with wonderful clarity; some have been colorized with sensitivity.
“Lost Civil War” (176 pages, hardcover) costs $ 24.95 from Rizzoli. Laura DeMarco is a former editor and reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His other books include the wonderful “Lost Cleveland”, a look at monuments that have not survived.
Laura DeMarco will launch her book from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather Ave., in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
‘Follow the star’
Murder, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, money laundering – all of these are abominable, and doubly so when they happen in your own hometown.
“Track Star” is Art Reed’s first action thriller from Stow.
Scooter Jeanette is a private investigator who operates out of a family resort in Portage Lakes. With a secret arsenal and a private shooting range where he, his wife, twin brother, and their aunt and uncle drink fine alcohol, Scooter takes on merit-based assignments, without paying a fee. This is the case with Dory Nagy, who hires Scooter to find out what really happened to her sister Darma.
Darma, a track star at Akron University, died in a room on the ninth floor of the Quaker Square dorm. It was discovered that she had heroin in her body and the death was deemed accidental by the coroner. Dory’s family hired a lawyer to investigate, but all he did was delay and take their money.
Scooter’s proceedings include confrontations with the campus police chief, a shady car dealership, the shady lawyer, the medical examiner, the track trainer, and a few thugs. He doesn’t hesitate to intimidate some of them with a variety of powerful weapons.
Despite his “good guy with a gun” mindset, Scooter employs tactics that may not be approved by his regulator. The fleet of classic cars and boats and a squad of paramilitary agents might appeal to fans of the spy thriller genre and the harmless violence when you have friends in high places.
Reed uses popular Akron locations including the Peanut Shoppe on Main Street and Ken Stewart’s Grille. Readers may be distracted by the need for a copy editor.
“Track Star” (290 pages, softcover) costs $ 10.95 at online retailers. Art Reed is a part-time bailiff at Canal Park.
Loganberry Books: Miguel A. De La Torre, author of “Gonna Trouble the Water: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism,” presents a webinar on the importance of water and discrimination against non-white communities, at 1 pm Sunday. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meredith Holmes, former poet laureate of Cleveland Heights, reads from her work. Register at loganberrybooks.com.
Hudson Library and Historical Society: Archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes talks about “Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art” during a Zoom session at 6pm Monday. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Rachel Beanland discusses her novel “Florence Adler Swims Forever”, based on the true story of a 1930s New Jersey family who sheltered a refugee from Nazi Germany while keeping a painful secret . At 7pm Thursday, Tony Oppedisano talks about “Sinatra and I: In the Wee Hours”, about his time as Frank Sinatra’s confidant and road manager.
Cuyahoga County Public Library: Originally from Cleveland, Monica West reads an excerpt from her first novel “Revival Season”, about a teenage girl traveling with her family for her father’s evangelical healing services, at a Zoom event from 7 to 8 pm Monday h. Eman Quotah (“Bride of the Sea” is set in Cleveland Heights and Saudi Arabia), Elissa Washuta (the “White Magic” Essay Collection) and Daisy Hernandez (“The Kissing Bug: The True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease, ”on Chagas’ disease, the authors of Oregon’s Tin House Publishing, discuss their books from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. From 7 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, Jim Shepard talks about his novel “Phase Six”, on a pandemic which originates in Greenland. Register at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries: Judah Leblang reads excerpts from her memoir “Echoes of Jerry: One Man’s Search for His Deaf Uncle and His Own Voice” in an online event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday. An interpreter will be provided. Register at heightslibrary.org.
Medina County District Library: Children’s author Kate Messner (“Chirp,” the “Ranger in Time” series) talks about her work at a Zoom event from 10:30 am to 11:30 am Tuesday. Register at medina.lib.oh.us.
Stark County District Library: Laura Numeroff, author of the children’s bestseller “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” talks about her books and characters at a Zoom event from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Tom Coyne, author of the best-selling book “A Gentleman’s Game”, talks about “A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course.” Register at stark.libnet.info/events.
Rocky River Public Library: Pete Beatty, from Berea, talks about “Cuyahoga”, his great historical tale which he describes as “an origin myth for the city of Cleveland”, during a Zoom session at 7 pm Thursday. Register at rrpl.org.
Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library: Julie Murphy, author of the bestselling teen novel “Dumplin ‘”, talks about her sequels “Puddin'” and “Pumpkin” at a Zoom event from 6 pm to 7 pm Thursday. Register at libraryvisit.org.
Cleveland Public Library: Linguist John McWhorter (“Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever”) and writer Coleman Hughes join the Writers & Readers series with “Black America: Owning Your Future” at an event Zoom at noon on Saturday. Register at cpl.org.
Learned owl bookstore (204 N. Main St., Hudson): Betty Weibel signs “Little Victories: A True Story of the Healing Power of Horses”, accompanied by the subject of the book Debbie Gadus, who became paraplegic after an accident and became an instructor in a Therapeutic equestrian center in Chagrin Falls, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
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