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Rebellion Road by Joe Ryan
Rebellion Road

Rebellion and revolution, freedom and bondage, sovereignty and subjugation: these are the competing human conditions that fill the scenes in the nove. The story---true to the material facts of history---begins as Abraham Lincoln takes possession of the Presidential Chair and tricks the Confederate Government into bombarding Fort Sumter

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Original Articles and Reference Document Collection

Video Battlewalks

Comments and Questions to the Author

Joe Ryan

150 Years Ago - Civil War Sesquicentennial

What Happened in the Civil War ©
  November 1860 Abraham Lincoln is Elected by the Northern States
  December 1860 President James Buchanan - State of the Union Address
  January 1861 The Situation in Charleston Harbor
  February 1861 The Confederate Government Is Formed
  March 1861 President Lincoln's Inauguration Day
  April 1861 Lincoln Dupes the Confederates to fire on Sumter
  May 1861 Lincoln builds an army and invades Virginia
  June 1861 Virginia Defends Herself
  July 1861 Lincoln Forces a Battle
  August 1861 Lincoln and Davis Choose Their Generals
  September 1861 Both sides give a little
  October 1861 McClellan Pushes Scott Out the Door
  November 1861 Lincoln Dances With The Great Powers
  December 1861 Lincoln and McClellan Begin Their Struggle
  January 1862 McClellan Confounds the Politicians
  February 1862 Grant Breaks the Kentucky Line
  March 1862 Congress Plans Freedom for the Slaves
  April 1862 The Origin And Object Of The War
  May 1862 Charles Sumner Wins The Argument
  June 1862 The Senate Sticks To The Constitution

What Caused The American Civil War?

Kids Zone - What Caused The Civil War?


The Object and Cause of the Civil War Part 1

The Object and Cause of the Civil War Part 2


What's War Good For?


General Lee and the Drummer Boy "Why Do The Men Fight"


General Robert E. Lee


General Lee and John Brown 1859
General Lee With the Comanches in Texas
The Lee Family Slaves
General Robert E. Lee Service Record
General Lee Feints at Great Run
The Internment of General Lee at Arlington


Battles: Gettysburg


Concentration at Gettysburg
The Gettysburg Letterbook
The Army of Northern Virginia Moves on Gettysburg
Relative Army Concentrations June 28, 1863 till noon July 1, 1863
Gettysburg First Day
General J.E.B. Stuart's Ride around Hooker
Brown’s Recollection of June 30, July 1 1863


Battles: Second Manassas


The Battle of Second Manassas


Battles:  The Seven Days


The Seven Days Battles
General George McClellan Retreat from The Seven Days Battles Map


Sharpsburg Campaign


Special Order 191: Ruse Of War ©


Special Order 191:Position Paper


Who Wrote The Lost Order?


Sharpsburg Campaign Photo Album


Sectors of General Lee's Operations Topography


General Lee Staff Officers 1862


Additional Articles


Grant's Vicksburg Campaign


Abraham Lincoln Speech


The Buried Fact in the Record: Lincoln Instigated the War


General George McClellan at Yorktown


General David Twiggs In Texas


Location of Hinson's Mill


James Buchanan and Fort Sumter: 1860


Stonewall Jackson and Nathaniel Banks Cedar Mountain 1862


John Brown Attack


The NAACP Pulls Down The Rebel Flag


The Nature of American Citizenship


Nature of the Union Prigg v Pennsylvania


Understanding General John Fremont


Battlefield Travel


Hinsons Mill


McCoys Ford


Bivouac of Stuart’s Cavalry "The Bowers" Oct. 1862


Video Logs


Civil War Campaigns: Video Introduction


Union Invasion of Virginia 1862


Bull Run Battlewalk


Antietam Battle Walk: Lee's Lost Order


Gettysburg Battlewalk: Approaches to Gettysburg


Gettysburg The Second Day


The Lost Order Documents in a Nutshell


The Bowers video  


Second Manassas


Book Reviews


Flames Beyond Gettysburg by Scott L. Mingus, Sr.


Joe Ryan

Comments and Questions to the Author
About the author:
Joe Ryan is a Los Angeles trial lawyer who has traveled the route of the Army of Northern Virginia, from Richmond to Gettysburg, several times.


Rebellion Road ©

Rebellion Road by Joe Ryan


A Novel
Joe Ryan

Rebellion and revolution, freedom and bondage, sovereignty and subjugation: these are the competing human conditions that fill the scenes in the novel Joe Ryan has written about the American Civil War. The story—true to the material facts of history—begins as Abraham Lincoln takes possession of the Presidential Chair, tricks the Confederate Government into bombarding Fort Sumter, and seizes upon the power of the Union to come within a hair's breath of knocking Virginia quickly out of the war, only to be thwarted at the last possible moment by the sudden appearance in the field of General Lee. The story then gives the reader the amazing chronicle of Lee's army that follows: Lee maneuvering three Union armies out of Virginia, marching in the process from the Chickahominy to the Potomac, and, then, risking his exhausted army's annihilation, he maneuvers McClellan into fighting the Battle of Antietam on Constitution Day—inducing Lincoln, who now sees the long slog of horror that lies ahead, to throw down his last card.

Joe Ryan, a Los Angeles trial lawyer, has written extensively about Lincoln, Lee, and the Army of Northern Virginia; his writings are based upon a thorough investigation of the records of the Rebellion which exist in the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Virginia State Library and the Southern Historical Collections of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Since 1980, Mr. Ryan has traveled over all the old roads that Lee's army walked on, from the Richmond battlefields, through Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, to the field at Gettysburg.

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“The book opens well: we are right there with Lincoln, in his head, experiencing the wonderful details of his experience in a way that only can come from a confident, knowledgeable historian with the nerve of a fiction writer. And you do this over and over again in the book—and you don’t need me to list those scenes, because they are uniformly good and entertaining and well written.” (Michael Strong, Regal Literary)


“There is some really splendid writing to be found here. It is a superb piece of work. I will carry images evoked by the narrative in my memory for a long time to come. This is a far more complex and demanding book (because of the brilliant detail) than, say, The Killer Angels. It gives us a (if not the) pivotal state of the war in the East.” (James O’Shea Wade, Vice President, David McKay Co.), editor and publisher of The Killer Angels, in 1974

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