Book Chat
Stealing The General:
The Great Locomotive Chase and The First Medal of Honor
Russell Bonds

This chat took place in the Civil War Home Chatroom on 03/02/08 and covered Chapters 15, 16, & Caboose.  Mr. Russell Bonds, the author of "Stealing the General" joined the group for the chat.

3/2/2008 9:06 pm (et) Basecat: Welcome to the Sunday night Book Chat. Tonight we conclude our chat on Russ's book Stealing The General: The great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor As always, please do not use the PM function during the chat, and if you have questions for Russ...type a ? as we did the last time.

3/2/2008 9:06 pm (et) jbuck: Not to jump ahead, but loved the last line of the book.

3/2/2008 9:07 pm (et) Basecat: Let's delve into Chapter 15 ..The Medal of Honor. Thoughts comments and questions?

3/2/2008 9:09 pm (et) Basecat: Guess I will start. Really did not know how the medals came about, and thought you did a fine summary as they came into being.

3/2/2008 9:09 pm (et) Susansweet: I was surprised that the medal seemed an afterthought to Stanton when the six men visited him.

3/2/2008 9:10 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thanks, Base. The Medal of Honor is the enduring legacy of this story. Something that makes a rather obscure Civil War raid relevant even today. (Pres. Bush will award a posthumous MOH this week to a Korean War soldier.)

3/2/2008 9:10 pm (et) Susansweet: And that it was Stanton and not Lincoln that gave them the medal being a child of the Disney film as I was .

3/2/2008 9:11 pm (et) Basecat: Susan...Knowing Stanton, am guessing his first question was how much would it cost to make the medals.

3/2/2008 9:11 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Note that Disney has the first medal going to Pittenger, not Jake Parrott.

3/2/2008 9:11 pm (et) Susansweet: I do remember that well from the Movie Russell.

3/2/2008 9:12 pm (et) jbuck: Russell - which brings to mind - why couldn't the others Raiders be awarded the CMH even now?

3/2/2008 9:12 pm (et) Susansweet: I see too you did sort of mention the Sons of Union Vets chapter named for Pittenger. Some of the members are Civil War friends of mine.

3/2/2008 9:13 pm (et) Russell Bonds: jbuck, the remaining raiders could be awarded the medal even today--in fact there is an effort to get the medal for George D. Wilson and Perry Shadrach.

3/2/2008 9:14 pm (et) jbuck: Amen!

3/2/2008 9:14 pm (et) Susansweet: Russell what needs to be done to get this in motion ?

3/2/2008 9:14 pm (et) Russell Bonds: (no such effort for Andrews/Campbell (civilians) or Llewelyn (didn't think he deserved it).

3/2/2008 9:14 pm (et) jbuck: I was wondering how we could get an application made for them.

3/2/2008 9:15 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Not directly connected to this chapter, but a general observation I've made - I could not help but reevaluate the success of the Andrews raid. I found myself making the comparison to the Doolittle Raid of WWII. The Andrews raid really demonstrated that the Union could, and would strike into the heart of the Confederacy, the same way the Doolittle raid demonstrated that to the Empire of Japan. In that regard, the Andrews raid can be considered a success. Not to mention, the raid gave the Union heroes.

3/2/2008 9:15 pm (et) Russell Bonds: There is a gentleman in Ohio who has championed this for some years now. Latest I heard (more than a year ago) was that it had gone up the chain of command to the SecDef and the President. Unfortunately they are fairly busy these days. Ohio Sen. Voinovich (sp?) is supposedly on board.

3/2/2008 9:15 pm (et) mobile_96: How long has this effort been in motion now.

3/2/2008 9:15 pm (et) Babs: Llewelyn deserved it as much as some of the people who did get it before the rules were tightened.

3/2/2008 9:16 pm (et) Susansweet: Good comparrison amhg.

3/2/2008 9:16 pm (et) Basecat: Very good point Dave.

3/2/2008 9:16 pm (et) Russell Bonds: amhistoryguy--great thought. Note on p. 374 that I allude to the Andrews Raid "foreshadowing other medal-winning raids by the US military still to come." I had in mind (foremost) the Doolittle Raid.

3/2/2008 9:17 pm (et) mobile_96: how many of the MOH were issued then withdrawn from the CW period.

3/2/2008 9:18 pm (et) Russell Bonds: mobile-96. Hm. Not sure of the statistics. I know that around 1,600 MOHs were awarded for Civil War period.

3/2/2008 9:19 pm (et) Russell Bonds: As compared to approx 450 for WWII, 290 for Vietnam (+-), 2 for Somalia, 2 for Iraq, 1 for Afghanistan.

3/2/2008 9:19 pm (et) Susansweet: I know one that was taken away was returned . Dr. Mary Walker refused to return hers and Carter changed the status , a little late for her of course.

3/2/2008 9:20 pm (et) mobile_96:True Susan, but at least she's back on the list of one of America's finest.

3/2/2008 9:20 pm (et) amhistoryguy: There were 910 total names stricken in the 1916 "purge." Of those, 864 were for a regimental reenlistment.

3/2/2008 9:20 pm (et) Susansweet: Yep she earned hers too.

3/2/2008 9:22 pm (et) Susansweet: By the way guys the Medal of honor museum is in Charleston .

3/2/2008 9:22 pm (et) Basecat: And yet Sickle's got to keep his, but that's for another discussion.

3/2/2008 9:22 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Bill Cody also lost his medal, but was reinstated in 1989

3/2/2008 9:22 pm (et) jbuck: Russell, your description of the meeting with Reddick's father was excellent - really caught how they must have felt.

3/2/2008 9:22 pm (et) jbuck: Traveling home together.

3/2/2008 9:24 pm (et) Babs: And Dad paid for everything. He was so happy.

3/2/2008 9:24 pm (et) Susansweet: Thought it was interesting that Stanton came from the home town as two of the raiders.

3/2/2008 9:24 pm (et) jbuck: You can imagine his heart felt joy at that point.

3/2/2008 9:25 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thx jbuck. Reddick was one of the more obscure raiders, but there was a great unpublished account of his reunion with his dad--you could just picture this man reunited with his son and unable to recognize him due to his frail condition (and heavy beard, I'll bet.)

3/2/2008 9:25 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Ss--that was a curious coincidence.

3/2/2008 9:26 pm (et) Susansweet: Amazing that Wilson and Shadrach never got the medal.

3/2/2008 9:27 pm (et) jbuck: And not to have Perry's name added to the Steubenville monument!

3/2/2008 9:27 pm (et) Basecat: That's one of the things I loved about reading the book, the incidental information that was included...Part of what makes a great book on the the Civil War, and something that sticks out with me when reading books on the war.

3/2/2008 9:28 pm (et) Susansweet: I love footnotes .

3/2/2008 9:28 pm (et) Susansweet: These were interesting ones .

3/2/2008 9:28 pm (et) Babs: The research is impressive as shown by the notes and bibliography.

3/2/2008 9:28 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thx Base. You probably know more than you ever care to know about some small whistle stop towns in North Georgia.

3/2/2008 9:29 pm (et) Babs: No! I want to know more.

3/2/2008 9:29 pm (et) Susansweet: I wish I had read this book before I did my Andrews Raiders tour a few years ago

3/2/2008 9:29 pm (et) Basecat: Russ..Makes me wish we have a Muster down there in the near future.

3/2/2008 9:29 pm (et) Russell Bonds: On footnotes. I footnoted fairly heavily because as a first-time author I wanted to show I did my homework, and I wanted to include some of the stuff that I found interesting that didn't quite make it into the text. Plus I had to note the many conflicts of memory, etc.

3/2/2008 9:29 pm (et) Susansweet: I want to go back and do it right

3/2/2008 9:30 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Come on down, folks, and let me know when you're coming!

3/2/2008 9:30 pm (et) Susansweet: Russell this group tends to be footnote readers . We read a book not long ago we all complained it didn't have enough.

3/2/2008 9:30 pm (et) Babs: Susan, you want to go back and steal the train right?

3/2/2008 9:31 pm (et) Susansweet: Now there is a muster for sure, Raiders tour with Russell

3/2/2008 9:31 pm (et) Susansweet: shssss Babs I tried the first time .

3/2/2008 9:31 pm (et) mobile_96: How about taking the Texas also ;-o

3/2/2008 9:31 pm (et) Babs: Sign me up!

3/2/2008 9:31 pm (et) Basecat: My fave line from the chapter is what the officer said on St. Patrick's Day..."All who want to go to the United States, fall into line, and come into the office."..

3/2/2008 9:32 pm (et) Babs: I would have worried that it was a trick.

3/2/2008 9:32 pm (et) mobile_96: Russ, in Chapter 14, you mentioned ferryboat wire. Which is?????

3/2/2008 9:32 pm (et) jbuck: Yes - who wouldn't get in line?

3/2/2008 9:32 pm (et) Basecat: Babs...Same here...

3/2/2008 9:34 pm (et) Russell Bonds: At primitive ferry crossings, there was often nothing more than a raft, that would cross the river by the ferryman simply pulling along a cable stretched from one side to the other. You wouldn't see these on big navigable streams, but on small rivers like some stretches of the Chattahoochee they'd be there.

3/2/2008 9:35 pm (et) Babs: Russell, Are there any of the other books about the raid you would recommend? or did you already give us all the juicy bits?

3/2/2008 9:36 pm (et) Basecat: To use a movie for visualization..."Outlaw Josie Wales" and the scene where they crossed the river on the small raft.

3/2/2008 9:36 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Basecat--amusing to me that even then the raiders defiantly thought that they were already in the United States. Reminds me of Lincoln, when Meade talked about "driving from our land every vestige of the invader", and Lincoln said it's all our land!

3/2/2008 9:36 pm (et) mobile_96: Thanks, figured it was something like that.

3/2/2008 9:37 pm (et) Basecat: Russ...Struck me as well, and knowing my big mouth I would have said that we are already in the US.:)

3/2/2008 9:37 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Good companion piece is a paperback pictorial history "The General and the Texas." No good narrative histories other than Wild Train (1956) which is good but overlong and very dated.

3/2/2008 9:38 pm (et) Babs: Thanks.

3/2/2008 9:38 pm (et) Susansweet: I have the General and the Texas and used it as reference while reading.

3/2/2008 9:39 pm (et) Russell Bonds: I'm curious as to what folks thought on Chapter 16 (The General Rides Again). Longest chapter and toughest for me to organize and write, due to all the loose ends I wanted to tie off. Also unusual I guess for a Civil War book to chase the characters all the way to their deaths, but I thought it was important to do so with this story.

3/2/2008 9:39 pm (et) cwbksell: "The General and The Texas." I still have a few in stock. It will go very well with Russ's book. :o)

3/2/2008 9:40 pm (et) Susansweet: I like it very much Russell it had the best description in the whole book.

3/2/2008 9:40 pm (et) jbuck: Considering the characters involved, and the continued 'feuds', etc, it was interesting and a good way to wrap it up.

3/2/2008 9:40 pm (et) mobile_96: I have a reprint of Pittenger's Daring and Suffering, but was baffled by your references to a "Supplement"? to his book

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) Babs: I wanted to know what happened to all of them. Would have been nice to have a listing of where they are all buried. I can see Marie and I tracking down all the graves in Ohio.

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) Susansweet: The statement about Sherman 's army descended into Georgia like a great blue spider clinging to the iron thread of the W&A .

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) amhistoryguy: I found it interesting that Pittenger and James Fry had their brief accounts included in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War."

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) Basecat: Russ, IMHO, I find myself getting to know the characters involved in a story from the CW, and always thought it important that those characters who you have followed through the course of the book, always makes me wonder what happened to them after the war.

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) Susansweet: Babs that is in The General and The Texas.

3/2/2008 9:41 pm (et) mobile_96: I enjoyed Chapt 16, thought it added more personality to the book

3/2/2008 9:42 pm (et) Russell Bonds: mobile_96--a later edition of D&Suffering had a supplement that included some correspondence from other raiders, etc.

3/2/2008 9:42 pm (et) Susansweet: I am one of those that wants to know what happens to someone I read about after the main story is over so I appreciated the extra information and trying Sherman into it .

3/2/2008 9:43 pm (et) Susansweet: Amazed how some of them returned to Atlanta with Sherman.

3/2/2008 9:43 pm (et) Babs: Susan, Thanks good to know.

3/2/2008 9:43 pm (et) cwbksell: Russ; While you could have ended the book with chapter 15, The Medal of Honor, I appreciated your informing us as to what happened to the raiders from then until the end of their lives.

3/2/2008 9:43 pm (et) Babs: Some became prisoners yet again at Chickamauga.

3/2/2008 9:43 pm (et) Russell Bonds: I must say I enjoyed writing the couple of paragraphs on Abel Streight's raid as well, which made the Andrews Raid seem like a exercise in precision.

3/2/2008 9:44 pm (et) mobile_96: Ahh, ok, I have one of the Time-Life leather covered re-printing (1982 ) of the 1863 book.

3/2/2008 9:45 pm (et) Susansweet: When I was at the museum one of the docents pointed out the door and told me that is the spot they stole the train from. he said of course Sherman burned it down. I have learned to not believe everything tour guides tell you but you had the same information in the book . Thanks

3/2/2008 9:46 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Actually when the Lacy Hotel was burned, I believe Sherman was here in our town square in Marietta watching our courthouse burn. When a staff officer worried that they'd blame Sherman for it, he said. "Oh well. I suppose I'll have to bear it." Boy, we love to hate that guy down here.

3/2/2008 9:47 pm (et) jbuck: Excellent point on Streight, Russell!

3/2/2008 9:47 pm (et) cwbksell: I did read what Shelby Foote had to say about Abel Streight's raid, but wanted to mention also there is a single volume book about him titled "The Lightning Mule Brigade" by Robert L. Willett. Unfortunately, it is now out of print and I have no more in stock.

3/2/2008 9:48 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Streight v. Forrest. Perhaps the mismatch of the war.

3/2/2008 9:48 pm (et) Susansweet: Streight I have seen compared with Grieson but love it compared to Andrews.

3/2/2008 9:48 pm (et) Basecat: Loved the photo that you included of their last reunion in Chattanooga as well.. Made me wonder how and if the raid is commemorated today?

3/2/2008 9:49 pm (et) Babs: Russell, Speaking of attitudes "down there"... I think you did a fine job of telling the story without taking sides.

3/2/2008 9:49 pm (et) mobile_96: bksell, thats a good book IMHO.

3/2/2008 9:50 pm (et) secret squirrel: Yes, good point babs.

3/2/2008 9:50 pm (et) mobile_96: Also appreciated your view on the raid and possible effect on the war.

3/2/2008 9:51 pm (et) Susansweet: I was amazed at what Mitchel had done in South Carolina before he died . I wonder how many at Hilton Head know about his establishing the village .

3/2/2008 9:52 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Basecat: the raid is commemorated annually in Adairsville, which holds a Great Locomotive Chase festival every year. The Kennesaw museum has periodic bus tours and descendant reunions (I went last year and met descendants of the Reddicks, Masons, Slavens, et al.)

3/2/2008 9:52 pm (et) jbuck: Wollams?

3/2/2008 9:53 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Hilton Head is a nice place, but I think its historical connections are largely overlooked. Obscured by golf, etc.

3/2/2008 9:53 pm (et) Basecat: Russ...That must have been interesting. :) And am glad to see that it has not been forgotten.

3/2/2008 9:53 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Interesting how the post war Fuller seems so much different than the Fuller in pursuit. Really enjoyed that you included the exchange of letters between Dorsey and Fuller - "Don't rush off without your breakfast " : )

3/2/2008 9:53 pm (et) Babs: Are there any double descendants? i.e. are there any descended from the children of raiders who married each other?

3/2/2008 9:54 pm (et) mobile_96: 1st I heard that there Is enough interest in the Raid to warrant the festival.

3/2/2008 9:54 pm (et) secret squirrel: I think one such union was mentioned.

3/2/2008 9:55 pm (et) Susansweet: I know there is a visitors center at Tunnel Hill that Sons of Confederate Vets give tours of the Tunnel .

3/2/2008 9:55 pm (et) Susansweet: The Museum at Kennasaw was interesting to visit and seeing the General was a moving moment, then go to Atlanta and see the Texas added to it .

3/2/2008 9:56 pm (et) Susansweet: Both places had lots of people when I was there and it was only May.

3/2/2008 9:56 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Wilson Brown's daughter Gertrude married Jacob Parrott's son John.

3/2/2008 9:56 pm (et) cwbksell: Lots of people are now realizing there is something special to their town having been involved some way with the Civil War. A good example of this is the bull dozing of Pizza Hut in Franklin, Tennessee. :o)

3/2/2008 9:57 pm (et) Babs: Did John and Gertrude procreate?

3/2/2008 9:57 pm (et) Basecat: cwbksell...We were just down there last June, and was happy to see the Country Club right next to the cemetery at Carnton is no longer in existence.

3/2/2008 9:58 pm (et) Susansweet: But that"Damndable Dominoes Pizza " is still there across the street from where Pizza hut was.

3/2/2008 9:58 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Babs--I think so, but I can't remember whether the Parrott line has continued on.

3/2/2008 9:59 pm (et) Russell Bonds: cwbksell--I like to think that Pat Cleburne celebrated the demolition of the Pizza Hut with a stuffed-crust Meat Lover's pizza up there in the great Beyond.

3/2/2008 10:00 pm (et) Susansweet: Wollams sure was a slippery character, he couldn't be held , he seemed to always escape.

3/2/2008 10:00 pm (et) cwbksell: SS, At least they are working in the right direction. I was shocked when I was thee a few years ago and told there had been plans to tear down the Carter House of a gas station. We a re all lucky that did not happen.

3/2/2008 10:01 pm (et) Basecat: Russ..Other photo I loved, and thought it was the right way to end the book...The picture of the ending point marker north of Ringgold, and the modern train passing by it. The present meets the past.

3/2/2008 10:02 pm (et) jbuck: Agreed, Base

3/2/2008 10:02 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thx Basecat. What you can't tell from that picture is that my three kids are sitting in the car behind me whining as I shot the picture, having been dragged from Marietta to Ringgold on a long Saturday tour!

3/2/2008 10:02 pm (et) Susansweet: LOL Russell

3/2/2008 10:02 pm (et) Babs: I liked the title "serial escapee" for Wollam.

3/2/2008 10:03 pm (et) Susansweet: How long did you have to wait for the train?

3/2/2008 10:03 pm (et) jbuck: Yes, it became obvious why Wollam was described as 'slippery' when they were planning on the escape for Andrews.

3/2/2008 10:03 pm (et) Russell Bonds: The train came within 30 seconds of when I pulled up. (That CSX line is very busy, actually.)

3/2/2008 10:04 pm (et) Basecat: Russ..:) I can imagine.

3/2/2008 10:04 pm (et) Susansweet: I bet your kids cheered for that .

3/2/2008 10:06 pm (et) Russell Bonds: I liked Wollam. One of my favorite vignettes is when he was recaptured and returned to prison, shirtless and sunburned (back on p. 267.)

3/2/2008 10:06 pm (et) Babs: You may have said when you were here before, but do you have plans for more books? You write very clearly.

3/2/2008 10:06 pm (et) cwbksell: Russ, You were lucky. What I have learned about trains is that they can be late, on time, but never ahead of time. (need to stick to the schedule) :o) And while I have your attention, would you please send me your e-mail address so I can encourage some CWRT symposium people to invite you to Illinois? Thanks! (Bob).

3/2/2008 10:06 pm (et) jbuck: He didn't have much luck after escaping. Should have laid low a while longer - easy for me to say!

3/2/2008 10:08 pm (et) Russell Bonds: My e-mail is I'd love to hear from any of you.

3/2/2008 10:08 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Babs--trying to get rolling on a new book on the battle and the burning of Atlanta. Tentatively titled Gone With the Wind. (Kidding.)

3/2/2008 10:09 pm (et) mobile_96: LOL

3/2/2008 10:09 pm (et) Susansweet: Lol can't even called it wind done gone.

3/2/2008 10:10 pm (et) cwbksell: As I mentioned last week, those who were successful escaping were couples, each encouraging the other to continue. I could not believe that one pare went south instead of north, but they found the Star Spangled Banner before any of the other three couples going North.

3/2/2008 10:10 pm (et) amhistoryguy: I'll have to send you some information on the battery that manned the 4.5 inch guns used against Atlanta.

3/2/2008 10:10 pm (et) Susansweet: Then the same two get put on the same ship as Mitchel's body when they head north.

3/2/2008 10:10 pm (et) Basecat: Russ...You dedicated the book to your Father, and was just wondering was he the one who took you to the various places of the Raid when you were a kid?

3/2/2008 10:10 pm (et) Russell Bonds: What say you on the "Caboose?" (My wife didn't like my calling the epilogue "Caboose"--thought it was too cutesy. But I liked it, and perhaps more importantly, my publisher liked it.)

3/2/2008 10:11 pm (et) Basecat: I liked it.. :)

3/2/2008 10:11 pm (et) Susansweet: Since I have loved trains since i was a little girl and always waved at the Caboose, and now miss them so much, I loved the name for the last chapter .

3/2/2008 10:11 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Liked it !

3/2/2008 10:11 pm (et) mobile_96: Would really like to know what Fuller and Mrs Slavens said to each other.

3/2/2008 10:12 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Basecat. I'm sure I went to the museum with my dad as a kid. Hiked Kennesaw and Cheatham Hill with him as well. He died of cancer in 2003, and I miss him every day. Hate that he didn't see this project of mine.

3/2/2008 10:12 pm (et) Susansweet: Yes , one of the unknowns still today.

3/2/2008 10:12 pm (et) mobile_96: Thought it was a fitting ending to a book about a raid and a Train.

3/2/2008 10:14 pm (et) Babs: Did your dad know you were planning the book?

3/2/2008 10:15 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Babs--I was researching and dabbling when he died, but he never read any of it. He got esophageal cancer and went downhill very fast, sad to say.

3/2/2008 10:16 pm (et) jbuck: Something tells me your Dad is one of the "cloud of witnesses" and knows all about your success, Russell.

3/2/2008 10:17 pm (et) Babs: He would beam with pride at your book signings.

3/2/2008 10:17 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thanks jbuck

3/2/2008 10:17 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Somehow I can't help but see your dad slapping raiders on their backs, boasting, "That's my boy !" : )

3/2/2008 10:17 pm (et) cwbksell: Caboose, both unique and appropriate. I have always had a great deal of admiration for authors, especially one such as yourself. The time and work to collect all that information and them to organize and write it in such a pleasant way that would result in a book such as this? Many thanks for your effort. :o)

3/2/2008 10:17 pm (et) jbuck: I think so too Babs.

3/2/2008 10:19 pm (et) mobile_96: I like that one amhg.

3/2/2008 10:19 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Hey all--don't know where you're located, obviously, but please note that I have some appearances around the country in the months to come. Sarasota, FL, Knoxville, Columbus, Ohio, Illinois, and of course here in Georgia. See list at I'd really enjoy meeting some of you in person!

3/2/2008 10:19 pm (et) Basecat: Russ...Well it's safe to say that all who have particpated in this book chat loved your book, and on a personal note, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you coming in here and answering questions, and talking to the folks in here. Means a lot to them as well, and please know that you are now part of this family, and I hope you continue to visit here when you get the chance. And to those out there in CW Chat land, Russ is one of the finest individuals I have had speak at the CWRT of NY this year, and if you ever get a chance to go see him talk in person. Do so...You will not be disappointed.

3/2/2008 10:20 pm (et) mobile_96: I found the book, to not only be very informative, but easier to read than many others

3/2/2008 10:20 pm (et) Susansweet: Any plans for California ?

3/2/2008 10:20 pm (et) mobile_96: Where in IL. bksell and I are just south of Chicago.

3/2/2008 10:21 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Ss--not at the present. California is tough due to cost, logistics, and minimum 2 days vacation required!

3/2/2008 10:21 pm (et) secret squirrel: Right, the book was a great read, Factual, funny, sad...all rolled into one.

3/2/2008 10:22 pm (et) Susansweet: Right, I am always so envious of others who get the authors for their round tables.

3/2/2008 10:22 pm (et) Susansweet: My little round table only buys dinner.

3/2/2008 10:22 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Arthur, Illinois--June 14 -- military history conference.

3/2/2008 10:22 pm (et) Babs: Hmm Columbus is about four hours from here.

3/2/2008 10:23 pm (et) Susansweet: But if you are ever here in Southern California on a Third Tuesday , let me know .

3/2/2008 10:23 pm (et) amhistoryguy: Can't thank you enough for writing the book, and for being so generous with your time here - Thank you !

3/2/2008 10:23 pm (et) Susansweet: Babs and Jana would go with you !!!

3/2/2008 10:23 pm (et) Russell Bonds: Thanks again to all of you. Any more questions on the last chapters?

3/2/2008 10:23 pm (et) Susansweet: Thanks so much you have added so much information to my knowledge of the Raiders .

3/2/2008 10:24 pm (et) Babs: Susan I know she would!

3/2/2008 10:24 pm (et) mobile_96: We know the place well, but.......its also the group muster weekend.

3/2/2008 10:24 pm (et) Basecat: Mobile..Muster is a week after Russ's appearance in Illinois.

3/2/2008 10:25 pm (et) Babs: Mobile, I think muster is the following weekend.

3/2/2008 10:25 pm (et) mobile_96: Should go on the CW must read lists for everyone

3/2/2008 10:25 pm (et) cwbksell: Wow! That's great Russ. I'll look forward to seeing and hearing you this June 14 in Arthur, Illinois. :o)

3/2/2008 10:25 pm (et) jbuck: Thanks Russell, for a great book and your time.

3/2/2008 10:25 pm (et) Susansweet: Mobile muster is the next week end.

3/2/2008 10:26 pm (et) cwbksell: No doubt mobile_96 will be there as well. :o)

3/2/2008 10:26 pm (et) Babs: Russell, I too would like to thank you for this great book. It has been such a nice read (especially since our last one was a bit of a clunker). Thanks for joining us and being so down to earth.

3/2/2008 10:26 pm (et) mobile_96: Much more likely than not bksell.

3/2/2008 10:27 pm (et) mobile_96: Was wondering who was going to be at Arthur in June.

3/2/2008 10:27 pm (et) mobile_96: Will have to see if ole will be home that weekend, am sure he'd like to meet Russ also.

3/2/2008 10:28 pm (et) Russell Bonds: OK folks--I'll sign off. Thanks to all of you for your feedback and kind words. Thanks especially to you, Base, for the invite and for your hospitality in NYC. Again, feel free to email me Pls. do me the favor of recommending Stealing the General to others, and watch out for the paperback this October! Best wishes all around, and good night from Marietta, Georgia! --Russ Bonds

3/2/2008 10:29 pm (et) Babs: jbuck, I can feel you studying maps to see if you are closer to Ill or Ohio.

3/2/2008 10:29 pm (et) mobile_96: Instead of Gone with the Wind, how about Gone In the Wind.

3/2/2008 10:29 pm (et) Babs: Good night from Michigan.

3/2/2008 10:29 pm (et) Basecat: Russ...You are welcome, and hope you pop in here when you have time to do so. Take Care!! :)

3/2/2008 10:30 pm (et) jbuck: I was wondering where Arthur was.

3/2/2008 10:30 pm (et) mobile_96: Russ, good night from Chicagoland.

3/2/2008 10:30 pm (et) 20thMass: enters the chatroom.

3/2/2008 10:30 pm (et) Russell Bonds: logs off.

3/2/2008 10:30 pm (et) mobile_96: You find it yet jbuck??

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) Babs: What a nice guy!

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) Teej: enters the chatroom.

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) 20thMass: Wow is my timing great.

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) mobile_96: WB Teej

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) mobile_96: Most surely is Babs.

3/2/2008 10:31 pm (et) Susansweet: Babs that's what I typed too but it didn't come though

3/2/2008 10:32 pm (et) Teej: Thanks. Hope the book chat went well.

3/2/2008 10:32 pm (et) Susansweet: Hi Teej

3/2/2008 10:32 pm (et) Susansweet: and Coly

3/2/2008 10:32 pm (et) mobile_96: Pert near fine Teej

3/2/2008 10:32 pm (et) Basecat: Thanks to all for participating in this wonderful book chat the past few weeks. We will be on hiatus until after Easter, and book chat returns on Sunday March 30 at 9 PM EST. Will post the homework sometime this week for those wishing to get a head start on the book. Thanks again, and the room is now open to other topics.