--In the Civil War, a Texican fights for The Union at the Battles of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville--
The officers in the photo above are members of the III Corps Provost Marshal.  Jake Baker, the protagonist in THE SHARPSHOOTER 1862-1864,  fights as part of III Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. 

The III Corps was one of the eight corps that comprised the Army of the Potomac in 1863.  During the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, the corps commander was the famous, or infamous, General Dan Sickles.  Sickles was a New York politician who earned his initial commission for recruiting a regiment of New Yorkers for the Union Army.  He earned his promotions, however, for his performances  in battle.
At Gettysburg, on the second day of the battle, he lost his right leg below the knee. Many also believe he forever besmirched his reputation as a battlefield commander that same day.


Author Bio
Charles Phillips is a native Texan, born and raised in Abilene, Texas. He is the namesake of his grandfather, Charlie Hawkins.  His grandfather, Charlie, was a west Texas cowboy and a cavalry trooper who fought in the Philippines. When Hawkins mustered out and returned to Texas, he married Mary Volusia Pardue and worked in her father's blacksmith shop in Clyde, Texas. 

One of the author's great-grandfathers served the Union in the Missouri Militia.  Another great-grandfather served in Company H, 30th Georgia Infantry, Army of Tennessee, Confederate States of America.  He fought at Nashville and Franklin, and his unit then went to join forces with General Lee.

While in North Carolina, just months before the surrender, he contracted variola (smallpox).  He was discharged to find his way back to Butts County, Georgia.  When he arrived, he found only the remains of the family farm, which had been in the path of General Sherman's march to the sea.

He and his family then began a circuitous trek that ended in the area that would become  Dallas.  The family worked their own farm for a period, but they later worked only for shares. Throughout the rest of his life, the results of his wartime experiences never left Pal Phillips. The malaria he contracted during the war recurred periodically.  In the early 20th century, both his age and disabilities led the State of Texas to provide him with a pension for his service in the Civil War.

The SHARPSHOOTER 1862-1864 is Charles Phillips' first novel.  However, he has published short fiction for a number of years.  His publishers have nominated his short fiction for The Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Web, and StorySouth's Million Writers Award.

Charles Phillips earned a master's degree and a doctorate
in political science at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a public health professional who teaches, writes, and lives in the Post Oak Savannah Region of central Texas.
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