Winchester Doctor…

10 Jun

Next up on the GSP Legends Promo is Herb Marlow.



Herb Marlow has been featured on TV, radio and in print publications nationwide. He is an established authority on childhood issues, a motivational speaker for children and adults, a professional counselor, copywriter and a rancher. He and his wife presently reside on a small working ranch in East Texas.
     Dr. Marlow has published thirty-five books, 23 for children, young adults and adults, and 12 professional works addressing counseling issues, writing and education, and a trilogy of books on parenting. As a freelance writer, Herb’s stories and articles have been published in many national periodicals and professional journals, as well as online blogs. 
     Herb is a captivating speaker and storyteller whose tales engage children and adults alike. Bringing his own real-life stories of challenge and triumph into each speaking engagement, he helps people see their worlds from a higher point of view. 
     Taking full advantage of his Western roots, Herb has written Dangerous Ground, a series of eleven short stories, to please readers who are themselves living in the West, as well as those who live there in their imaginations. The descriptions of cattle and horse work in the book come from his own experiences, though the cattle he raises and works today are much tamer than the longhorns of those wild days of yesteryear

His book we are highlighting today is Winchester Doctor.



Dr. Jonas Slaton, a busy doctor in Winchester, Virginia, volunteers to help the Confederate 6th Louisiana Regiment’s medical team after the 1st Battle of Winchester in 1862. Later, he travels south up the Shenandoah Valley with the regiment to take part on the bloody fighting at The Coaling, just outside Port Republic. Winchester Doctor is a true picture of the cruelties of the Civil War.


  Chapter One

    The shabby, ragged men poured down off the ridge like a turgid brown and gray stream, moving at a high trot, almost running, rifles held across their chests, bayonets winking in the May sunshine. They were silent until they hit the first streets, and then from three hundred and fifty throats poured that awful, hair-raising rebel yell.
    General Stonewall Jackson’s plan was to secure the bridges that crossed the two forks of the Shenandoah west of the town allowing him to move his army on up the side of Massanutten Mountain to Winchester, twenty miles away where Union General Banks had his headquarters. Jackson was determined to push the Yankees back across the Potomac and threaten Washington D.C.
    The word came along with the first Yankee artillery shells: “The regiment facing us is the Union 1st Maryland.” A growl went through the trotting ranks, for the Confederate soldiers entering Front Royal, Virginia were also from the state of Maryland. The Confederate 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment was about to attack the Federal 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment, perhaps brother against brother. The true cruelty of a civil—uncivil—war was about to unfold.
    North of the courthouse square on a knob called Richardson’s Hill, Union Colonel John Kenly had positioned his 1st Maryland infantry around two artillery pieces, firing as they saw the charging Confederates. Explosive shells lit among the Southern troops, but the men did not stop; they swept on through the town as happy civilians came to meet them, trying to hand them food and drink. The streets were quickly cleared of Yankee skirmishers, and the Confederate Marylanders, now reinforced by the Major Wheat’s Louisiana Tigers, streamed on into the wheat fields north of town.
    Musket balls filled the air as the men from Maryland and Louisiana charged the dug in Yankees on Richardson Hill. But the fire was too hot to continue the charge, and the cannon were spewing grapeshot, so they dropped to the ground behind what shelter they could find and waited.
    Confederate Colonel Johnson’s Marylanders were now pinned down, and he sorely needed artillery support, but it was slow in coming. The Yankees were so well dug in that a continued frontal assault would mean the loss of most of his men, so they hugged the ground. The Union artillery from Richardson’s Hill began to pound the Confederate position, with Yankee skirmishers pouring in rifle fire from behind every stone wall and large tree.
    With great care, Johnson sent some of his Marylanders crawling back to a depression in the ground, and then on their feet along the sunken bed of Happy Creek to set up a flank attack on the Federal troops from the east.
    General Taylor finally brought his entire Louisiana Brigade up to join Wheat’s Tigers, and Jackson saw his chance. He directed Taylor to send three regiments to support Johnson, and one regiment around Richardson’s Hill to flank the Yankees from the west.
    Just when nearly all of the Confederate forces were in position, the infantry was saved from a further attack by Colonel Flourney’s cavalry. After tearing up railroad tracks and ripping down telegraph wires west of Front Royal, at two p.m. Flourney rode up to the battle from the south. When Union Colonel Kenly saw the cavalry regiment headed to cut off his escape, he moved his command back north across the river to new positions and dug in again.
    To delay the Confederates from crossing the south fork of the Shenandoah, the Yankees set fire to the bridge, but General Taylor saw what was happening and sent the 8th Louisiana to put the fire out. The Union gunners were dropping shells all around, but Colonel Kelly, the 8th’s commander was not to be denied. Leading his men with a shout, he crossed the railroad span and headed for the burning bridge. Under an intense artillery and musket barrage, the men managed to put the fire out and save the bridge, even though a large hole had been burned in the center. As Taylor’s brigade crossed the river in single file around the hole, they saw the Yankees withdrawing north down the Valley.   



One Response to “Winchester Doctor…”

  1. chalaedra June 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chalaedra's Weblog and commented:

    A true picture of the cruelties of the Civil War. Winchester Doctor by Herb Marlow. Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, other fine eBook vendors and Gypsy Shadow Publishing at:

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