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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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…

The First Iowa Volunteer Mounted Infantry

When preparing the back-story for the characters in the Shiloh Trilogy, found that I needed to identify a particular fictional Union regiment as the home for Jamie Harper, Josuah Featherstone, Gus Magnusson, Johnny Cooke, and the others.  I wanted to identify a unit which could plausibly have participated in most…

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