Fishing on Deep River, Civil War
Memoir of Private Samuel Baldwin Dunlap, C.S.A.
Deep River, by Suzanne Staker Lehr, is the Civil War Memoir of Pvt. Samuel
Baldwin Dunlap, C.S.A., a DeKalb resident, who at seventeen
left behind his classes at the Bloomingdale Academy in
Buchanan County, Missouri, and enrolled in the Missouri
State Guard, as his brothers, James Wallace and Robert
Dunlap, had done. The decision set him upon a path that
would ultimately take him into the Confederate States Army
and deposit him a thousand miles from home on Deep River in
North Carolina. By the time he saw Northwest Missouri again
four years later, he had been in the Battle of Blue Mills
Landing, the Battle of Lexington, the Battle of Pea Ridge,
the battles at Iuka, Corinth, Hatchie's Bridge, Port Gibson,
Big Black River, Champion's Hill, Vicksburg, Atlanta,
Franklin, and Murfreesboro. Sam writes from a private's perspective as a cannoneer, detailing the endless marches
and camping experiences in between battles. The reader meets
Sam's mess-mates, laughs at the jokes the boys play on one
another, and shudders at Sam's misery when he is the one
responsible for getting his brother Caldwell to the surgeon
following the Battle at Kennesaw Mountain, and when he walks
the battlefield at Franklin to witness the carnage after one
of the shortest, but bloodiest defeats for the Confederacy.
Deep River sells for $28 and is available in St. Joseph,
Missouri at The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. gift shop, Borders,
Hastings, The Pony Express Museum, and HyVee. It is also
available on Amazon.com.
As the Mockingbird Sang: Civil War
Diary of Pvt. Robert Caldwell Dunlap, C.S.A.
Mockingbird Sang, by Suzanne Staker Lehr, is the diary of nineteen-year-old Robert
Caldwell Dunlap, who left his plow, saddled his horse, and
rode off at sundown on June 10, 1861, to find General
Sterling Price's army. During the next three years, Caldwell
logged his personal experiences in the Missouri State Guard
and then as a private in the Confederate States Army.
Caldwell's entries describe Missouri's first major Battle of
Wilson's Creek; the Battle of Lexington and its unique hemp
bale charge; the Battle of Pea Ridge; his travels south and
east across a land foreign, but connected to him
politically, where he witnessed some of the South's fiercest
fighting. In June 1864, Caldwell became separated from his
personal diary, and it would be 27 years before it was
returned to him. Author and researcher Suzanne Staker Lehr
brings together the diary with an overview of border state
Missouri's history leading up to the war, the saga of the
diary while out of Caldwell's hands, the summary of his
wounding during the Atlanta Campaign, and her historical
annotations in As the Mockingbird Sang.
Mockingbird Sang sells for $20 and is available in St.
Joseph, Missouri at The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. gift shop,
Borders, Hastings, The Pony Express Museum, and HyVee. It is
also available on Amazon.com.
Mount Mora 1851
A Collection of Photography and Writings
Mount Mora 1851 A Collection of
Photography and Writings, by
Megan S. Wyeth (Photographer),
Conger Beasley, Jr. (Writer),
Hans P. Bremer (Writer), Jim
Lehr (Writer), Suzanne Lehr
(Writer), Ben Vineyard (Writer)
and Marshall White (Writer),
was published by Parkway
Press 2007, St. Joseph, MO,
The Book Project was developed in response to extensive vandalism in the
cemetery in the fall of 2006. The cemetery, financially
challenged by the reduction of burials there in recent
years, struggles to maintain the cemetery grounds. Megan
Wyeth, photographer, conceived the idea of publishing a
portion of her photography of the cemetery along with a
variety of writings by area authors, with all proceeds
committed to the cemetery's endowment fund.
Mount Mora 1851
A Collection of
Photography and Writings sells for $30 and
is available in St. Joseph, Missouri, at Stillwaters,
Hastings, and The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. gift shop.