Manchester Bluff by J. D. Proffitt
A Civil War Novel

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Jason Alexander is abruptly informed that he won’t be able to finish his studies at Illinois College because the school is closing down for the Civil War in the fall of 1862. The son of the largest cattle rancher in the Union is assigned to Edwin Stanton’s War Department. Jason’s adventures begin on the train ride to Washington when he foils an attempt by an evil member of the subversive Knights of the Golden Circle to assassinate Anna Ella Carroll, a close confidant of President Abraham Lincoln. Reporting to the assistant secretary of war, Agent Alexander examines mysterious documents and explores the dangerous countryside for clues to the Confederacy’s uncanny ability to smuggle critical information out of Washington and into the hands of Jeb Stuart’s cavalry, lurking just beyond the outer perimeter of the city’s defenses. Miss Carroll mentors Jason as he confronts both War Department politics and the determined enemies of the Union. Jason Alexander’s gripping saga finds him locked in deadly struggles for survival as one revealing discovery leads to another at the war’s most pivotal moments just prior to Gettysburg. Manchester Bluff is a thrilling story of individual sacrifice and determination that blends fact and fiction in a way that makes it impossible to determine which is which. This is a must-read for Civil War and thriller aficionados alike.

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J.D. Proffitt writes from the heartland of the Midwest where he is an assistant professor at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois-his second career following many years of cellular telecommunications engineering management; he also served as an officer on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet.The author has explored many historical sites and nurtured a special interest in the Civil War, including a comprehensive analysis of the strategic activities of the War Department in Washington. As informative as it is exciting, J.D. Proffitt's first novel captures little known aspects of Civil War dynamics, including events that originated in his hometown of Alexander, Illinois.To learn more about the author, go to
Published October 19, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 318 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Aspects of the Civil War that are so often ignored by contemporary history books—everything from lack of support by Northern citizens to the inner-workings of Washington politics and the espionage that took place—become a personal perspective through the use of Proffitt’s fictional character.

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