Brian Cisco: Civil War historian to hold 'War Crimes' signing

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A lifelong Civil War historian will be bringing his latest work to The Book Stall later this month for a book signing.

Orangeburg's Walter Brian Cisco, author of "War Crimes Against Southern Civilians," will be at the Hayne Avenue bookstore from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Cisco is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal. He also served as a captain of the South Carolina State Guard.

His long-held interest in the Civil War has led to his writing career. He is the author of 1991's "States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War," which was named a selection of the History Book Club in 1992; "Taking A Stand: Portraits from the Southern Secession Movement," released in hardcover in 1998 and in a paperback edition in 2000; 2004's "Henry Timrod: A Biography" on the South's leading wartime poet; and "Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman," released in hardback in late 2004 and paperback in early 2006. "Wade Hampton" was also a History Book Club selection and is considered the comprehensive Hampton biography.

Cisco's writing has also been featured in magazines and journals such as Confederate Veteran, Civil War, and Southern Historian. He has been writing on Civil War-era topics for about 20 years.

"War Crimes Against Southern Civilians" examines the in-the-field consequences of the Union's "hard war" policy adopted in 1864 with Lincoln authorizing his generals to turn the war to civilian targets. Specific topics include the St. Louis Massacre, which forced 20,000 Missouri civilians into exile; civil rights abuses, theft and violence under Union rule in Tennessee; and the pillaging and destruction of Georgia civilian properties on Sherman's March....

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