Jack Hinson's One-Man War

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Pelican Publishing, Sep 23, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Jack Hinson never planned to become a deadly sniper. A prosperous and influential Kentucky plantation owner in the 1850s, Hinson was devoted to raising his growing family and working his land. Yet by 1865, Hinson had likely killed more than one hundred men and had single-handedly taken down an armed Union transport in his one-man war against Grant's army and navy. By the end of the Civil War, the Union had committed infantry and cavalry from nine regiments and a specially equipped amphibious task force of marines to capture Hinson, who was by that time nearly sixty years old. They never caught him. Since then, the story of Jack Hinson has evaded astute historians, and until now, he has remained invisible in the history of sniper warfare.

John S. "Old Jack" Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with impartial disinterest. A friend of Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate officers alike, Hinson was opposed to secession, focused instead on his personal affairs. After a unit of Union occupation troops moved in on his land and summarily captured, executed, and placed the decapitated heads of his sons on his gateposts, however, Hinson abandoned his quiet life for one of revenge.

In this unprecedented and incredible biography, Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney masterfully recounts Hinson's extraordinary feats as a lone Confederate sniper. Equipped with a rifle he had specially made for long-range accuracy, Hinson became a deadly gadfly to the occupying army. An exemplary piece of historical scholarship and the result of fifteen years of research, this definitive biography includes an amazing cast of characters including the Earp Brothers, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Jesse James, the cousin of Hinson's wife. This breathtaking story was all but destroyed by the obliterating forces of history and is the only account in print chronicling this one man's impact on the Civil War.

 

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User Review  - 77nanci - LibraryThing

Interesting story. Would make a good article. Not a book. Authors southern sympathies are repeated ad naseum. Christian bible pap and "we just loved our slaves like family." The stupidity of war shines through. Terrible writings Read full review

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User Review  - bumpis2 - LibraryThing

This great nonfiction book was about a man wanting to be left alone down in the beutifal land between Tennessee and Kentucky during the War of Northern Regression. The war comes to his land and he ... Read full review

Contents

Sudden Death in the Early Morning
20
The Hinsons of Bubbling Springs
25
War Comes to Bubbling Springs
54
Occupation and the Rise of Guerrilla Warfare
106
Death Comes to Bubbling Springs
134
A Time to Kill
168
Twilight at Bubbling Springs The Last Summer and Autumn
206
The End of Bubbling Springs
223
The Twilight Years
323
In the Years that Followed
335
Scenes in the Story Then and Now What Remains Today?
349
The Fourth Generation World War II and the Death of Danville
354
Jack Hinsons Rifle Chain of Possession
356
John W Jack Hinson Genealogy Partial
358
Documents Facsimile
361
Notes
368

AllOut War
252
Making Military History
285
The Last Campaign
311

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About the author (2010)

Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney, USMC retired, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an infantry officer and parachutist in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. A student of military history, he has contributed articles to such magazines as Guideposts, American Legion, Military, and Leathernecks. His books and activism for veterans' issues have had him appearing on hundreds of radio and television programs including Fox News, the Today Show, and CBS Morning News.

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