Friday, 27 September 2013

Knights of the Golden Circle and the Civil War...

While I was researching for HAZARDOUS UNIONS I came across the secret society of the Knights of the Golden Circle. The objective of the KGC was to annex a golden circle of territories from Mexico, Central America, Southern America, Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean for inclusion into the United States as slave states.

However, as anti-slavery agitation increased the members of the KGC proposed a separate confederation of slave states, with US states south of the Mason-Dixon line to secede and to align with other slave states to be formed from the golden circle.
Their goal was to increase the power of the Southern slave holding upper class to such a degree that it would never be diminished.

During the Civil War many members of the KGC fought with the confederates in order to continue the right to own slaves. Their mission was to take New Mexico and bring them into the fold of confederates.

The society reached to the northern states as well. Some southern sympathizers from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa were accused of KGC activity and imprisoned during the civil war.

In 1863 the KGC reorganized as The Order of American Knights, and in 1864 as Order of the Sons of Liberty.

Alleged members of the Knights of the Golden Circle:
Most of the Confederates
Buckner Stith Morris
Lambdin P. Milligan
John Wilkes Booth
Jesse James
Sam Houston

Twin sisters separated by war, bound by love...
After the death of their father, twin sisters Maggie and Matty Becker are forced to take positions with officers' families at a nearby fort. When the southern states secede, the twins are separated, and they find themselves on opposite sides of America's bloodiest war.
In the south, Maggie travels with the Hamiltons to Bellevue, a plantation in west Tennessee. When Major Hamilton is captured, it is up to Maggie to hold things together and deal with the Union cavalry troop that winters at Bellevue. Racism, politics and a matchmaking stepmother test Maggie's resourcefulness as she fights for Bellevue, a wounded Confederate officer and the affections of the Union commander.
In the north, Matty discovers an incriminating letter in General Worthington's office, and soon she is on the run. With no one to turn to for help, she drugs the wealthy Colonel Cole Black and marries him, in hopes of getting the letter to his father, the governor of Michigan. But Cole is not happy about being married, and Matty's life becomes all about survival.
Two unforgettable stories of courage, strength and honor.


Friday, 6 September 2013

Hazardous Unions Blog Tour

Sun Sept 8

Charlene Raddon
Mon Sept 9
Chris Redding
Susan MacLeod
Tues Sept 10
Annamarie Bazzi
Kenna McKinnon
Wed Sept 11

Peggy Henderson
Thur Sept 12
Gloria Ferris
Luke Murphy
Fri Sept 13
Melodie Campbell
Chris Redding 
Caroline Clemons
Sat Sept 14
Rosemary McCracken

Sun Sept 15
Kenna McKinnon

Mon Sept 16
Lyn Horner

Tues Sept 17
Cathy Astolfo
Peter Clenott

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

HAZARDOUS UNIONS Civil War Trivia Contest!!

HAZARDOUS UNIONS: Two Tales of a Civil War Christmas
by Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery

After the death of their father, twin sisters Maggie and Matty Becker are forced to take positions with officers’ families at a nearby fort. When the southern states secede, the twins are separated, and they find themselves on opposite sides of America’s bloodiest war.

Alison and I are super excited about the release of 
HAZARDOUS UNIONS, September 7, 2013
We decided to each give away a copy of the ebook... 
but you have to earn the chance to win.

Test Your Civil War Knowledge

Q 1: How many Americans died as a result of the American Civil War?

       a.   36,516
       b.   58,220
       c.   116,516
       d.   405,399
       e.   625,000

Q 2: Ulysses S. Grant eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant general and commander of all of the Union Armies. To what rank was he commissioned at the beginning of the war?

      a.   Private
      b.   Captain
      c.   Colonel
      d.    General

Q 3: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. (New Year’s Day after the Christmas celebrated in HAZARDOUS UNIONS.) Who was being emancipated?
        a.   All slaves in America
        b.   Slaves held in the rebellious states
        c.   Slaves held west of the Mississippi

Q 4: What popular Civil War tune was later sung by Elvis Presley as Love Me Tender?
         a.    Aura Lee
         b.   Lorena
         c.   Sweet Adeline
         d.   Oh Susannah

Q 5: “My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still, My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,” In these two lines of Oh Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman is referring to:
      a.  His father
      b.  His commanding officer
      c.  President Lincoln after his assassination

You can answer the questions in a comment below, or post
 them on my facebook page. Check back tomorrow when we post the
answers and announce the winner. 
Good luck!

You can also play on Alison Bruce's page here.