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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Last Confederate Battle by John J. Cline

Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for The Last Confederate Battle by John J. Cline.


History records that the last battle of the Civil War was fought on the red clay soil of the Rio Grande River at Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas. That battle took place in mid-May 1865, more than a month following General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. There are factual accounts of skirmishes that took place long after Lee’s surrender. The historical attention to detail is highly accurate giving the reader a front row seat to life before, during and after the Civil War.

The Last Confederate Battle brings to light the perspectives from both sides, revealing the positive and negative natures of men. Conflict within our own country is remarkably described through the writings of John Cline; the main characters of this multifaceted story come to life as real historical experiences are interwoven into each page.

I found this novel to be very interesting.  Told from the viewpoint of the three Davis brothers from Georgia as well as Frank Stone from New York, the reader will get an idea of what it was like for both the Confederate side as well as the Union side during the Civil War.  There was a ton of historical facts packed into the story, regarding the various battles and political situations at the time, but Cline also brings a more human aspect to his tale through the narrative from the characters.  There was even a bit of romance thrown in between Frank and Kaitlin, which was lovely.

The only problem I had with this novel is that the author might should have done a wee bit more research on East Texas, where the story concludes.  I'm a third-generation Texan, and have a lot of family who live in East Texas, and I'm sorry  Mr. Cline, but there isn't any mountains in East Texas. 

Historical fiction fans as well as those interested in the Civil War era will be interested in this book.


Following a twenty five year career in both the enlisted and officer corps’, John Cline retired from the U.S. Navy as a Limited Duty Officer (Mustang) in July 1993 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was the director of the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services until he retired in 2005.

He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Workforce Education and Curriculum Development from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Art degree (M.A.) in National Security Studies; Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (140th Session), and was nationally certified by the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management and the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is an avid Amateur Radio Operator with the call sign W5USN. John and his wife Pat have three children and four grandchildren.

My thanks to Media Guests for including me on this tour. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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