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These are some of the books which were a help to me in researching Troubled State: The Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick.  

Anderson, Galusha, The Story of A Border City During The Civil War, Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1908.
This book gives one person's perspective of what it was like to live in St. Louis during the war, which did not always agree with Franklin Dick's views in Troubled State.


Barrett, John G., The Civil War in North Carolina, Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, 1963.
This book explained the backgrounds behind the coastal battles that Franklin Dick mentions in
Troubled State. North Carolina was a major source of men and supplies to Lee's army. 


Bierce, Ambrose, Civil War Stories, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1994.
I read this book at the advice of Ric Cottom, editor at the Maryland Historical Society Press, who especially liked the story, “Killed at Resaca,” for the flavor of current fiction writing in the Civil War. 


Black, III, Robert C., The Railroads of the Confederacy, Chapel Hill and London, The University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
This was fascinating to read and showed the struggle in the south about the States Rights' doctrine as upheld by the southern railroad companies against the Confederate government. Though the railroads gave interior transportation, there were no physical connections between the separate companies' rails at Richmond or Petersburg, and other cities. Many lines were not well maintained, suffered damage from Union raids, and the price of lumber quintupled and nails cost twenty times what they did before the war.


Blum, Jerome, In The Beginning, The Advent of the Modern Age, Europe in the 1840's, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
This gave me background on what was happening in Europe before the war, which then influenced events in the United States. 


Boernstein, Henry, Memoirs of a Nobody, The Missouri Years of an Austrian Radical, 1849-1866, Translated and edited by Steven Rowan, St. Louis, Missouri Historical Society Press, 1997.
This book, which seems to have been forgotten, is a gem. For example, I was struck by Boernstein's description of trying to cross a street at an intersection on the stepping stones which had been covered with mud during the rains. He had to guess where the stones would be and adjust his stride. One stone was missing, and his leg went deeply into the mud, which sucked off his boot. He had to leave it there and continue to the other side. He also explains the complicated factions in St. Louis, jockeying for power. 


Brownlee, Richard S., Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy - Guerilla Warfare in the West, 1861-1865, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1958.
This was good background on the bushwackers, which troubled Franklin Dick. 


Chaffin, Tom, Pathfinder - John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire, New York, Hill and Wang, 2002.
This book gave an interesting background to Franklin Dick's anger and disgust at both of the Fremonts, and helped me understand why he felt they attacked his sense of right and wrong. 


Catton, Bruce, The Coming Fury, Vol. I, The Centennial History of the Civil War, Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1961.
Excellent summation of all events. 


Cunliffe, Marcus, The Age of Expansion, 1848-1917, Springfield, G. & C.  Merriman Company, 1974.
This gives background information on inventions which changed history in Europe and the United States.


Davis, William C., Brothers in Arms, Edison, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, Inc., 2000.
This book has good photographs and basic information 


Davis, William C., Wiley, Bell I., Editors., The Civil War, The Compact Edition, New York, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 1998.
This is another book of photographs and information which helped me. 


Denney, Robert E., Civil War Prisons & Escapes, New York, Sterling Publishing Co.,1993.
Here I read about the prisons which Franklin Dick had to supervise when he was Provost Marshal General, and the other prisons around the country. Somehow we only hear of Andersonville, but there were many. 


Donald, David & Randall, J. G., The Civil War & Reconstruction, 2nd ed. Lexington, D. C. Heath, 1969.
This book was helpful to read about what happened afterwards and why.


Fagan, Brian, The Little Ice Age, How Climate Made History 1300-1850, New York, Basic Books, 2000.
My mother found this book, and it was fascinating and invaluable in understanding the flow of history as influenced by the weather. Later there was a TV special from the book which I also saw. I highly recommend  this book as it gave me a new perspective. 


Foner, Eric, Reconstruction - America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, New York, Perennial Classics, 1988.
This helped me understand Franklin Dick's later views on his country as contrasted to his earlier ones. 


Frazier, Charles, Cold Mountain, New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.
This is the book which started me thinking about writing about my family journals, since Frazier had done the same. I admire his scholarly research for the correct vocabulary to use for the era, plus it is a wonderful read. 


Freehling, William W., The Road to Disunion, Vol. I, Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854, New York, Oxford University Press, 1990.
Excellent background to events leading up to the Civil War. 


Gerteis, Louis S., Civil War St. Louis, Lawrence, University Press of Kansas, 2001.
This was one of my main two reference books, along with Mr Winter's, as Mr. Gerteis was wonderfully thorough and entertaining in covering the events about which Franklin Dick writes. I am grateful to Mr. Gerteis for his additional help with my questions. I recommend this book for non-scholars, as it is a really good read about what was happening away from the east coast.]


Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, New York, Simon & Schuster, 2005.
This book gave me more background information on the Blair family, especially Montgomery, with whom Franklin Dick practiced law after the Civil War. It is a good read, especially on how Lincoln balanced all the rivalries in his cabinet to achieve his goals. 


Grant, Ulysses, Simpson, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Old Saybrook, Konecky & Konecky, 1992.
After reading this, I understood the humanity of U.S. Grant, which was different from what I had learned from historical facts. And I appreciated Franklin Dick's opinion of Grant. 


Hattaway, Herman, and Jones, Archer, How The North Won - A Military History of the Civil War, Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1983.
A good background of strategy and events. 


Hayes, Carlton J. H., A Political and Cultural History of Modern Europe, Vol.  2, A Century of Predominantly Industrial Society since 1830, New York,  The Macmillan Company, 1939.
This was a book from the series I had in 9th grade at Miss Thomas' School, which made a lasting impression on me, and I saved. It is a clearly written history, with stories to help one remember background, clear maps, charts, and good references to look up specifics. 


Holland, Dorothy Garesche, The Garesche, De Bauduy and Des Chapelles Families: History and Genealogy, St. Louis, 1963.
This is my family reference book, written by a cousin, and is a fascinating story about the early years of the family after leaving France. Franklin Dick's eldest son, William, married into the Garesche family. It must have been difficult, as she was the niece of a man Franklin Dick detested and mentioned in the journals. My first name Gari is a nickname from Garesche, which has been passed down from eldest daughter to eldest daughter. In 1995, the descendents organized a Garesche reunion in St. Louis, which introduced me to this fascinating branch of the family. Betty Garesche Torno has continued the genealogy from her aunt Dot, and kindly helped me with many research questions over the years for
Troubled State


Hurst, Jack, Nathan Bedford Forrest - A Biography, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
This book changed my views on Nathan Bedford Forrest, and I was struck by his last words to his troops. It was fascinating reading. 


Josephy, Jr., Alvin M., The Civil War in the American West, New York, Alfred A.  Knopf, 1991.
An interesting chronicle of events in Missouri and the West.


Katcher, Phillip, The Civil War Source Book, New York, Facts on File, 1982.
This book has good sections of information on different aspects of life during the war, with drawings and photos. 


Kirschten, Ernest, Catfish and Crystal, Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1960.
I read this book for more background on St. Louis. 


Kutler, Stanley I., ed. in chief, Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed., Vol. 5 -LaFollette to Nationalism, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.
Here I found basic background information, good for checking facts and dates.


Laas, Virginia Jeans, ed., Wartime Washington, The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee, Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1991.
This book was fascinating reading and a great help with all the references to Franklin Dick. Since Frank Blair's wife, Apolline, was the sister of Franklin Dick's wife, Myra, the Dicks were included in the Blair family, and Lizzie confirms dates and events which Franklin Dick mentions in his journal. Lizzie's husband was an admiral, with salvage cases to resolve from the Civil War, and used Franklin Dick as his lawyer.


Linderman, Gerald F., Embattled Courage, New York, The Free Press, 1987.
Another good background book.


Mearns, David C., The Lincoln Papers, Vols. I & II, Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1948.
This book gave me another perspective of President Lincoln. 


McPherson, James M., Battle Cry of Freedom, New York, Oxford University Press, 1988.
Classic in the field, this book steeped me in more background. 


McPherson, James M., For Cause and Comrades - Why Men Fought in the Civil War, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997.
I was fascinated to find out all the varied reasons and background in this book, which is a good read.


Meyer, Duane, Ph.D., The Heritage of Missouri - A History, St. Louis, State Publishing Co., Inc., 1963, 1970.
Since I had grown up on the east coast, I knew little of the history of Missouri, except for what I read in the Garesche book. This gave me more background to understand Franklin Dick and admire his courage going to St. Louis in 1842 to practice law.


Monaghan, Jay, Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865, Lincoln and London, University of Nebraska Press, 1955.
This book was fascinating to read, like a novel, and really gave me the feel and terror of what it was like to live in Missouri in those times. No wonder Franklin Dick moved his family to safety and agonized about returning to St. Louis where he started and lost his career.


Morris, Richard, ed., The Encyclopedia of American History, Bicentennial Edition, New York, Harper & Row, 1976.
Another good background book for dates and facts.


Parrish, William E., A History of Missouri, Vol. III, 1860-1875, St. Louis, University of Missouri Press, 1973.
All the Parrish books have good information, but this one had the facts for the period I needed.


Parrish, William E., Frank Blair - Lincoln's Conservative, Columbia, University of Missouri Press, 1998.
This interesting book gave me confirmation of the events and dates in
Troubled State, and was another fascinating read. It must have been terribly sad when Franklin Dick went to visit Frank Blair when he was near the end of his life, and Frank did not recognize his brother-in-law and former law partner and ally in keeping Missouri in the Union.


Smith, Elbert B., Francis Preston Blair, New York, The Free Press, 1980.
This book confirmed Franklin Dick's writings, and gave me more background information on the elder Mr. Blair and his influence on Franklin Dick. Plus I learned that Francis Blair used Franklin Dick as his St. Louis agent for business matters, which is not mentioned in the journals.


Sneden, Private Robert Knox, Eye of the Storm, New York, The Free Press, 2000.
This is a beautiful book, with pictures by the author and his observations, which I read for pleasure as well as background information.


Winter, William C., The Civil War in St. Louis, A Guided Tour, St. Louis, Missouri Historical Society Press, 1994.
This book, along with Louis Gerteis', was the most helpful to me. I found it interesting reading, as well as perfect for looking up anything I was not sure of in Franklin Dick's journals. I am grateful to Mr. Winter for his kind help to me with other questions. The pictures gave me a feel for what St. Louis looked like when Franklin Dick lived there.


Woodward, C. Vann, ed., Mary Chesnut's Civil War, New York, Quality Paperback Book Club, 1981/1995.
This book was a good reference for style and also perspectives on the other side in the war.

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Healing Myself  -
Helpful Books and Information


The Monroe Institute, 434 361 1252,

Monroe Products
, 1 800 541 2488,  (produces and distributes CD's)

Robert Monroe developed the audio technology known as Hemi-Sync®, tones which balance the two sides of the brain. I used the Surgical Support Series in place of anesthesia during my ten years of reconstructive surgery. I still enjoy the CDs for relaxation, pain control, concentration or enjoyment. The non-profit Monroe Institute also has weeklong residential programs for the exploration of consciousness, which I highly recommend. I put off going for a program until I had finished writing Healing Myself, and wondered why I had waited so long after the first day. Following are some of my favorites from their extensive collection:

  • Surgical Support Series
  • Baroque Garden for Concentration
  • Inner Journey
  • Masterworks
  • Gaia
  • Midsummer Night
  • Sleeping Through the Rain
  • Energy Walk
  • Pain Control


Hay, Louise L., You Can Heal Your Life, Santa Monica, Hay House, 1984.
I must have read this book about a million times and learned more each time. The most helpful and difficult lesson for me was looking myself in the mirror when I did not have a face and saying that I loved and approved of myself exactly as I was. With Louise Hay's guidance, I found the confidence I needed in the years of reconstruction.

Stone, Dr. Randolph, Health Building - The Conscious Art of Living Well, Sebastopol, CRCS Publications, 1985.
After having a session of Polarity, which helped me heal amazingly, I wanted to learn more. This book introduced me to Polarity Therapy, which I then studied for a degree and still use every day on myself.

Upledger, Dr. John E., Your Inner Physician and You - CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Berkeley, North Atlantic Books, 1991.
After I experienced CranioSacral Therapy, I studied it as well. It is another powerful healing modality.

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Helpful Books for Writers

WRITERS MARKET, Cincinnati, Writers Digest Books, 2007
This book is published each year and is usually in the library. Use it for ideas, and to make a list of the publishers who publish the type of book you have written, for your query letters. Also LITERARY MARKETPLACE for the same.

Lamott, Anne, bird by bird, New York, Anchor Books, 1994.
This is one of my favorite books on writing, especially for the story of the title, which inspired me to have a tiny favorite picture on my desk, too.

King, Stephen, On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft, New York, Pocket Books, 2000.
Good practical ideas, interesting about his life and how writing helped his recovery from his terrible accident in 1999.

Goldberg, Natalie, Writing Down the Bones - Freeing the Writer Within, Boston, Shambala, 1986 and Wild Mind - Living the Writer's Life, New York, Bantam Books, 1990.
Both these books are wonderful inspirations about dealing with procrastinations and getting into the zen of writing. She writes as if she is talking to the reader.

Sloane, William, The Craft of Writing, New York, W.W. Norton, 1983.
A classic reference book.

Card, Orson Scott, Characters & Viewpoint - How to invent, construct, and animate vivid, credible characters and choose the best eyes through which to view the events of your short story or novel, Cincinnati, Writers Digest Books, 1988.
Another classic reference book - this was recommended by a gifted teacher, Gail Galloway Adams, who inspired me when I was beginning to write.

Madden, David, Revising Fiction - A Handbook for Writers, New York, Plume Books, 1988.
Helpful book for rewrites, which every writer does over and over.

Welty, Eudora, One Writer's Beginnings, New York, Warner Books, 1983.
A wonderful tale from lectures about listening, learning to see, and finding a voice.

Dillard, Annie, The Writing Life, New York, Harper & Rowe, 1989.
An inspiring book about the craft, with the best description in the first sentence, “When you write, you lay out a line of words.” Since so much of writing is solitary, it helps to read what others feel and have written about the craft.

Litowinsky, Olga, It's a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World - A Writer's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today's Competitive Children's Book Market, New York, Walker & Company, 2001.
Though this is focused on children's books, it has many helpful ideas for any writer on getting published.

Ackerman, Diane, A Natural History of the Senses, New York, Vintage Books, 1991.
This is one of my favorites that I go back to again and again for ideas and reminders of beautiful descriptions linking the senses, but overall for pleasure.


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