A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge.
This remarkable biography presents the story of Jack Hinson, a lone Confederate sniper who, at the age of 57, waged a personal war on Grant's army and navy. The result of 15 years of scholarship, this meticulously researched work is the only account of Hinson's life ever recorded and involves an unbelievable cast of characters, including the Earp brothers, Jesse James, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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At the very top of my non fiction list. I can not praise the author enough for his research and ability to turn that into the story of Jack Hinson and everything that went on around him during that tragic time in history.
He is a excellent narrator and perfect for this story, listen and I'm sure you will agree.
I can't believe I've never heard of the story about Jack Hinson it really is almost to hard to believe but it really is fact. Even if your not a fan of history this is a real page turner one of those American history events you should really read about for yourself.
As a special forces veteran, kudos to the author for his captivating writing style, history research, and insight into combat and sniper TTP - all intricate to this little known piece of the Civil War. Also: outstanding narration.
As a well-read history buff, truly amazes me that I was unaware of this man. Hinson's story, lost to history for so long, was a fascinating listen. Civil War was a brutal period of our nation's history ...
Some portions of the book felt a bit tedious; otherwise, would have been rated 5-stars.
Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf
First off let me start by sating that this is an exciting story of a truly awesome character. The problem lies mainly in the mediocre writing abilities of the author partly due to what appears to be a southern sympathies bound up in his work. I cannot determine if this is simply an attempt to bring his character's points of views into life or perhaps reflects his own personal thoughts but it is a but irritating to be drug through the same old revisionist arguments concerning the Southern States reasons for secession and subsequent war. It was never about slavery, the author reiterates time and time again. " State's rights to succeed" and while that is partially true it is also overly simplistic and absolutely and deliberately misleading. The prose is given to overuse of poetic revelation and a meanders a bit too far into romanticizing the south into some sort of genteel and idealic rural paradise. One in which the slave looks fondly upon his benevolent master and looks on with apprehensive trepidation and confusion as the Northern States terrorize and threaten his way of life. The author even spends a whole 10 minutes trying to justify the south's stance on slavery by pointing to cases of historical hypocrisy in the North....but of course thats not why the Civil War was fought.... Honestly though these things aside the book is saved by the story and worth the annoyance.
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