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Bob  O'Connor
Charles Town, West Virginia
Biography:

Bob O’Connor is a nationally recognized Civil War author who has been named Finalist four times in National Book Awards competition. This is his 8th published book.

O’Connor lives in Charles Town, West Virginia, near his two children and six grandchildren. He writes for various local and regional publications and for the national website Examiner.com. He has given presentations in 17 states in the past two years on subjects including Lincoln’s bodyguard, the U.S. Colored Troops, brothers fighting against brothers, and abolitionist John Brown.

His website is www.boboconnorbooks.com. He can be reached at author@boboconnorbooks.com.

Selected works by this author:
1 .
The Perfect Steel Trap Harpers Ferry 1859
An interesting and informative new look at eye- witness accounts of John Brown Raid, Trial and Execution. A must read. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-2944-6 ©2006
Price: $20.95

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2 .
The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln
Learn where Lincoln’s heavily armed and reliable bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, was on April 14, 1865 when the president attended a platy at Ford’s Theater in this interesting historical novel. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-4031-8 ©2007
Price: $13.95

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3 .
Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War
Follow Catesby, a colored blacksmith, in his never ending quest for freedom. Learn from his viewpoint what is happening in the long drawn out war. His journey is unforgettable. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-4642-1 ©2008
Price: $16.95

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4 .
The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln: Audio Book
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by Bob O'Connor ~ 1-60031-035-4 ©2008
Price: $24.95

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5 .
The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison
The brave and heroic U. S. Colored soldiers who endured incarceration at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia are honored in this non-fiction book. And it’s about time. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-5767-9 ©2009
Price: $10.95

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6 .
The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President
This is a rare, never before published manuscript, written circa 1880 by a long time friend and personal body-guard to Abraham Lincoln. The book was found in The Huntington Library in California in 2008. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 1-936680-01-7 ©2010
Price: $23.95

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7 .
A House Divided Against Itself
“Period historians who have read about the Culp family and have knowledge of some of Bob O’Connor’s characters will find this book intriguing and exciting. O’Connor shows us how a family’s inner struggle resembled our national conflict in a very readable fashion.” James C. Price, Historian Laureate Town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-6937-5 ©2011
Price: $14.95

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8 .
The Return of Catesby
The Return of Catesby is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War” published in 2008. In this account, Catesby, a former slave, becomes the first colored teacher at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV. Storer was one of the first schools in the country to be established for the purpose of educating former slaves. Catesby, a real historical character, brings his experience as a blacksmith, a veteran of the Union Army, and his survival of the famed Andersonville Prison to his students. The historical fiction story is based on Catesby’s journals, papers and letters. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-8206-1 ©2012
Price: $15.95

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9 .
Countdown to West Virginia Statehood
On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state. Most people think the statehood movement was a result of the majority of those who lived in western Virginia were pro-Union and came out of the decision of Virginia to secede from the Union. Not so at all. The fissure between the “planters” and “mountaineers”, those who lived in eastern Virginia and those who lived in western Virginia started in 1776 with the first state constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. That constitution restricted voting rights to persons who were large landowners who mainly lived in eastern Virginia. That restriction stayed on the books until 1850. Countdown to West Virginia statehood starts in the beginning and chronicles an amazing and interesting journey. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-8312-2 ©2013
Price: $10.95

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10 .
The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier
James E. Hanger was wounded at Philippi, Virginia on June 3, 1861 and became the first amputee of the American Civil War. He hated the Yankee peg leg his Union doctor gave him. Instead, he used his ingenuity and engineering background to invent an artificial leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle. He patented his Hanger Limb. His invention revolutionized the prosthetic industry. The company Mr. Hanger founded still operates today as one of the world’s largest providers of artificial limbs. His story is quite remarkable. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 0-7414-9993-2 ©2014
Price: $12.95

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11 .
Murphy Farm -- Refuge from Racism
“The Murphy Farm, A Refuge from Racism” covers the history of one of the most significant pieces of real estate in Civil Rights history. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 9781495810558 ©2016
Price: $12.95

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12 .
Southern Oasis at Gettysburg
The Daniel Lady Farm in Gettysburg was the northernmost Confederate hospital during the Civil War. It was the site where Confederate wounded from Culp’s Hill (members of Major Gen. Edward Johnson’s division of the Army of Northern Virginia) were brought for medical treatment. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 9781495814358 ©2017
Price: $20.95

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13 .
Harriet Lane
Harriet Lane was the First Lady in Washington, serving from 1857-1861 when her uncle James Buchanan, a bachelor, was President of the United States. read more
by Bob O'Connor ~ 1-4958-2034-3 ©2017
Price: $20.95

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