Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Book Available

As some of you may know, I did a series of black and white illustrations for fellow Civil War Historian John Hoptak's new book. The publication, entitled They Will Be Remembered by a Grateful People, focuses on Civil War heroes of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. John, a park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, has a real passion for the vets and history of his area. Through this book, we hope that young people of that same region will grow to have an appreciation of their local history just as John does today.

Comprised of about 15 illustrations and additional text, each picture accompanies historical text written by John. Because of time constraints, John's sister was kind enough to colorize one of my black and white sketches for the cover illustration. The book will be a great and unique addition to your Civil War library and can be purchased here.

Below is another sampler taken from the book. Shown below are the Allison Brothers of Port Carbon, PA. From left to right are James, Alexander, George, and John. All four were killed in the war. Through John's book, I have been able to depict their reunion which should have been, but never was...


  1. Jared
    Thank you for your excellent work! You made these Civil War notables from old Schuylkill really come to life. I, too, hope that this will help inspire a younger generation to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of these men and, hopefully, to want to learn more.

    It has been a great pleasure working with you on this. We need to meet up here in the 'burg sometime soon!

    John Hoptak

  2. Hey there this week on Collectors' Quest I am featuring people who collect all kinds of militaria. One guy has a huge collection of civil war soldier portraits and another has a whole WWII room. Check it out!