Battlefield Visit/Tour Official Press Release

Did you know that my co-author is a big-deal PR dude for a university. Oh, yeah! So when he gets down to business he makes it all pretty:

Stonewall Hinkleman celebrates anniversary of First Manassas/Bull Run with free battlefield tour
Contact: Michael Hemphill
540.556.2879 ~
Virginia authors Michael Hemphill and Tom Angleberger will bring their Civil War time-travel thriller for young adults, Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run, to the Manassas battlefield on July 23 to celebrate the 148th anniversary of the war’s first major conflict.
A middle school-age, historically accurate, time-travel novel published by Penguin Press, Stonewall Hinkleman is about a boy who can’t stand going to Confederate reenactments with his Civil War-obsessed parents — the hot scratchy uniforms, the marching around like an idiot blowing “Charge!” on his bugle.
But at the reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run, Stonewall finds himself transported back in time to the actual battle – and he’s not alone! Nathan Bedford Dupree, an ardent Confederate reenactor from Stonewall’s time, has also gone back in the past … to help the South win! Stonewall needs all of his knowledge of the battle, as well as help from some unlikely characters, to stop Dupree and save the course of American history.
Oh yeah, and he’s got to avoid getting shot while doing it.
The American Library Associations Booklist writes, “This engaging novel offers a fresh approach to Civil War fiction.” School Library Journal calls the book, “A good choice for historical fiction fans.”
On July 23 at 9 a.m., the authors — joined by Civil War Journey battlefield tour guide Robert Freis — will retrace Stonewall Hinkleman’s footsteps through the battle with a free tour of the battlefield.
At 11 a.m., Hemphill and Angleberger will present their book at the nearby Bull Run Regional Library — an entertaining show that features juggling, hardtack, a battleflag-making craft and readings.
To reserve a place for the free event, please email To register only for the Bull Run Regional Library presentation, please email
With the approach of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, Hemphill and Angleberger hope Stonewall Hinkleman will inspire a new generation to learn more about America’s defining moment.
Michael Hemphill and Tom Angleberger (who writes under the name Sam Riddleburger) met when they were both reporters for The Roanoke Times. Hemphill kept trying to use his news story about a Virginia battle flag controversy as the basis for a story for grown-ups, but Angleberger saw it as the perfect setting for a smart aleck teenager. Stonewall Hinkleman was born. There’s been some feuding along the way, but it’s a book neither of them could have written alone.

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