Richard A. Sauers is Executive Director of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the author of several books, including America's Battlefields. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Peter Tomasak is an independent historian and the author of several books including Lopez, PA: The Early History of Sawdust City. He lives in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania.
“In the summer of 1864, civilian morale in the North hit bottom. Ulysses S. Grant’s army had suffered about 60,000 casualties in the six-week Overland campaign. The other Union armies seemed to be making little or no progress. Going into the service was hardly an appealing option to many northern men, and the military had an increasingly difficult time filling its ranks. Enter three deserters in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. Confronted with a posse looking to arrest them, the trio got into a gunfight that left a Union lieutenant mortally wounded. That incident sparked what Richard A. Sauers and Peter Tomasak depict as a gross overreaction on the part of military authorities.”—Journal of Southern History
“Richard A. Sauers and Peter Tomasak have done an impressive job of researching the National Archives and local newspapers to uncover the fascinating details about the Fishing Creek Confederacy in 1864. Their insightful and detailed book is by all means the best case study of anti-Lincoln ferment in the North during the Civil War. It is a welcome addition to the growing literature on life and politics in the Union homeland.”—Earl J. Hess, author of The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi