John T. Wayne, Author

captain grimes

Mark Twain! Here is an icon of American literature, a national monument if you count all the national forests in Missouri which are dedicated to him, yet to date there is little written until now of his Civil War escapades with the Ralls County Rangers, or his career as a riverboat pilot from Hannibal. Saddled with a war nobody wanted except for a few powerful and wealthy families, two characters did not mature one bit and that is what makes Captain Grimes Unreconstructed such a treasure. From spying to stealing river boats and blowing up ironclads, the career of Captain Grimes would be considered a valiant one if you were fighting for the south. The Yankee's wanted his head on a platter, and in 1864 they captured the Confederate mail runner for a sixth time, but fate intervened and the Union was forced to release him. Several more attempts were made on his life, but he lived to be old and seasoned. He retired as a park ranger from Missouri and well, now you know where all the Mark Twain National Forest came from.
Susannah 5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow. July 15, 2016 Format: Paperback I actually met Mr. Wayne, grandson of the icon of Western movies. After talking with him, I bought this book because I like the Civil War. Also because Mr. Wayne knows Missouri and its history. After the first few pages, I was hooked! Telling the story from Absolom Grimes' point of view as that of a riverboat captain turned Confederate mail carrier and blockade runner, Wayne weaves historical facts with fast moving dialogue and action. At times the grammar and spelling are a slight issue, since it seems as if the publisher, as so many nowadays, used spellcheck instead of proofreading. Wayne's conversational style, however, overcomes those little niggles. This is a book in his series called the "Gaslight Boys", a name given to orphans in St. Louis during the Civil War. Grimes was an actual person and Wayne uses his diary and other documents for authenticity. Grimes and Mark Twain were both riverboat captains, and the author makes sure to note the contributions of both to the war effort. However, Twain is very much downplayed here in place of the heroics of Grimes. This is only part 1 and I shall impatiently look forward to part 2 which is due to come out in 2016.
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captain grimes

Mark Twain! Here is an icon of American literature, a national monument if you count all the national forests in Missouri which are dedicated to him, yet to date there is little written until now of his Civil War escapades with the Ralls County Rangers, or his career as a riverboat pilot from Hannibal. Saddled with a war nobody wanted except for a few powerful and wealthy families, two characters did not mature one bit and that is what makes Captain Grimes Unreconstructed such a treasure. From spying to stealing river boats and blowing up ironclads, the career of Captain Grimes would be considered a valiant one if you were fighting for the south. The Yankee's wanted his head on a platter, and in 1864 they captured the Confederate mail runner for a sixth time, but fate intervened and the Union was forced to release him. Several more attempts were made on his life, but he lived to be old and seasoned. He retired as a park ranger from Missouri and well, now you know where all the Mark Twain National Forest came from.
Susannah 5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow. July 15, 2016 Format: Paperback I actually met Mr. Wayne, grandson of the icon of Western movies. After talking with him, I bought this book because I like the Civil War. Also because Mr. Wayne knows Missouri and its history. After the first few pages, I was hooked! Telling the story from Absolom Grimes' point of view as that of a riverboat captain turned Confederate mail carrier and blockade runner, Wayne weaves historical facts with fast moving dialogue and action. At times the grammar and spelling are a slight issue, since it seems as if the publisher, as so many nowadays, used spellcheck instead of proofreading. Wayne's conversational style, however, overcomes those little niggles. This is a book in his series called the "Gaslight Boys", a name given to orphans in St. Louis during the Civil War. Grimes was an actual person and Wayne uses his diary and other documents for authenticity. Grimes and Mark Twain were both riverboat captains, and the author makes sure to note the contributions of both to the war effort. However, Twain is very much downplayed here in place of the heroics of Grimes. This is only part 1 and I shall impatiently look forward to part 2 which is due to come out in 2016.
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John T. Wayne, Author