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Bruce J. Dinges & Shirley A. Leckie Editors- A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS CAUSE: BENJAMIN H. GRIERSON’S CIVIL WAR MEMOIR

      A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS CAUSE: BENJAMIN H. GRIERSON’S CIVIL WAR MEMOIR 

      Edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie.   Southern Illinois University Press

      “General Benjamin H. Grierson was a cavalryman best known for having facilitated Ulyssess S. Grant’s capture of Vicksburg.  His memior, edited and with an introduction by Bruce Dinges and Shirley Leckie, is an engaging first-person account of the Civil War’s Western Theater.”

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William D. Kalt, III Author- TUCSON WAS A RAILROAD TOWN: THE DAYS OF STEAM IN THE BIG BURG ON THE MAIN LINE

      TUCSON WAS A RAILROAD TOWN: THE DAYS OF STEAM IN THE BIG BURG ON THE MAIN LINE

      by William D. Kalt III.   VTD Rail Publishing

      This profusely illustrated history is more than just another train catlogue: it is a flesh-and-blood book about railroaders themselves.  It narrates how the railroad affected the lives of its employees as well as local citizens.  For example, several locomotives engineers who had lost vision in one eye could no long make regular runs, but they were allowed to keep their jobs and work the spur line that ran from Tucson to Nogales betwseen about 1910 and 1950.  The book is filled with human faces and interesting stories about those who proudly served the railroad.  To understand Tucson, you must know the railroad, and this book is a fascinating place to start.”- Bill Broyles.

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