John Kevin Smith

About me

Writing the Harper’s War Series after retiring from DOD. Living in San Diego, Inspired by the works of C.S. Forester and Bernard Cornwell. Hoping to create a Richard Sharpe for the American Civil War.

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The $15,000,000 Cotton Loan – a 7% Solution?

This month, I’d like to take another story from Statesmen of the Confederate Cause by Burton J. Hendrick to tell the tale of the $15,000,000 in Confederate bonds. Having failed to gain English and French recognition in the first year of the American Civil War, the Confederate government found itself…

Seward vs Toombs: British and French Recognition of the Confederacy

William H. Seward As an amateur historian of the American Civil War, I believe myself to be well schooled in the military aspects of that war. Recently, a good friend gave me the book: Statesmen of the Lost Cause: Jefferson Davis and his Cabinet which he purchased at an estate…

The Model 1859 Sharps Rifle and Telescopic Sight

While planning to write a series of historical novels set in the American Civil War (ACW) I needed to decide what would be the firearm of choice for the main character, James (Jamie) Harper. Although he serves in an infantry unit, I wanted Harper and his battalion to carry a…

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