Re: Pvt. Cunliffe & Stonewall Jackson
After more than eight years in development, I am please to announce the publication of Perseverance: A Biography of Captain Richard Eggleston Wilbourn - Chief Signal Officer, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. The life of this unforgettable hero is a compelling story of strength and perseverance severely tested by the cruel realities of the American Civil War and its aftermath. From the battlefields of Second Manassas, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness to fighting in the Shenandoah Valley, Captain Wilbourn’s life becomes inextricably entwined with the most celebrated of commanders and the most loyal of friends. Through his wartime correspondences, official reports, eyewitness description of General Stonewall Jackson’s wounding, message book for 1864, and personal diary for the closing months of the war, a veritable treasure trove of memorable people, places and events unfold.But this book is more than a biography. It is an inspiring testament to the love and support a devoted family can provide in facing life’s most incredible hardships and triumphing over adversity. Drawing on Captain Wilbourn’s personal letters to his father and wife, Annie, the autobiographical writings of his son, Eggleston, and surviving family records and photographs, a dutiful son, loving husband, and caring father are revealed. His firsthand accounts of heroic and courageous actions during the Civil War will stand the test of time and his profound legacy of strength and perseverance will continue to endure through his descendants for many generations yet to come. The 197 page softbound book contains 68 color and b&w portraits, photos, maps and documents and is available now from Pioneer Publishing Company (www.pioneersoutheast.com). I hope you like it.
Walter E. Waddell