Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Request a speaking engagement on "Above the High Water Mark"

Author John C. Hall, Jr.

I am available for speaking to your organization. Contact me at brunnerpublishing@gmail.com

Who is John C. Hall, Jr.?

 I am currently Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #104 in Dublin, Georgia. I have been a member of the SCV since July 1992. I chaired the Ga SCV Save the Flag Committee from 1992 -1994. The Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, tried to change the Georgia Flag. He was defeated. 

Before moving to Dublin in 2007, birth place of my grandmother, I was a member of camp #1552 Camp McDonald and then #1547 Roswell Mills. I have worked for my self for over 20 years. I started my own CPA practice due to the president of the company I was an officer of as controller ordering me to remove all of my Confederate items out of my office.


I own the Captain Hardy Smith House. This is the oldest home in Dublin on its original foundation. This home is also my office and it is dedicated to the Confederacy. Only flags of the South are flown and my office is full of Confederate items. If you don't like the South, we can't be friends.

There are many topics included in my book and presentation. These include the following:

The first Union Ship to be captured by the Confederate Navy

A firsthand account of the bloodiest day of the war at bloody Lane in the battle of Sharpsburg

The relationship between slave and owner

The true “High Water Mark of the Confederacy” confirmed by a never before published letter signed by Robert E. Lee

How prisoner of war mail was handled

How the word Dixie came to fruition

The first black man to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

Reconstruction in Georgia

What people are saying about my presentation:

Susan and I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation / performance of last evening. Quite succinctly, it was perhaps the best program which I have witnessed during my nearly 14 years in The S C V.......Captain Corker would be more than proud.....Best Backwoods Regards, Hu & Susan Daughtry

At the Stiles/Akin Camp in Cassville John C Hall gave an excellent program on the Adventures of Captain Corker.as told through Corkers first had account both on the battlefield, in prison and in politics. John is an animated speaker portraying each part of Captain Corker's life. We enjoyed having John visit our camp............Barry Colbaugh

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Index of Soldiers mentioned in Captain Corker's Letters

                                         Hargroves, Judson                            
 3rd Ga.  
(in 3rd Ga Uniform)

The following is a list which is included in the index of Above the High Water Mark. This list contains the names and units of most of the soldiers in Corker's letters. Most were fellow prisoners mentioned in Corker's prison letters.

Alexander, Samuel L.                                 
 3rd Ga.         
Allen, Frank                                 
 48th Ga.       
Andrews, Charles H.                                     
 3rd Ga.       
Ashton, John D.                                 
 2nd Ga.    
Attaway, Henry                                  
 3rd Ga.          
Blount, Tom                                       
 Army of MS     
Boyd, Samuel H.                              
45th NC Infantry      
 Buford, Antony M                            
3rd Ga.    
Clark, Reuben W.L.                           
3rd Ga.     
Clark, Robert E.                                
 3rd Ga.   
Doughty, Llewellen G.                         
48th Ga. 

Douglas, Henry K.
2nd Virginia Infantry

Ellis, William T.                                 
 2nd Ga.   

Foster, Joseph D.                    
22nd Ga.                                       

Garlick, Edgar S.                           
 3rd Ga. 
Gibson, William                               
48th Ga.                                                         
Hargroves, Judson                            
 3rd Ga.       
Harlow, John A.                                 
48th Ga.    
Harwood, James A.                          
53rd Virginia Infantry 

Hill, Daniel H.
1st NC Volunteers

Hill, Samuel                                       
 6th NC Infantry       

 Jones, John F.                                 
3rd Ga.
Lane, J. Anthony                            
15th Ga.           

Langston, Alexander L.                    
3rd Ga.        

Lester, Robert B.
3rd Ga.

Lynch, William F.                              
McAlpin, Reuben M.                         
3rd Ga. 
McCarthern, Walker                        
 3rd Ga.      
McCullers, Jr, John M.                     
3rd Ga.   
McCullogh, John T.                           
 3rd Ga.    
McRee, Joseph J.                              
3rd Ga.      
Musgrove, William C.                                  
3rd Ga.      
Nesbitt, Reuben B.                            
3rd Ga.      
Oglesby, Garrett S.                            
3rd Ga.    
Palmer, Sam D.                                 
3rd Ga.            

Randle, William M.G.                       
 55th Al. Inf.  
Sanders, Dennis N.                           
3rd Ga      
Snead, Claiborne                              
3rd Ga.      
Sturges, John R.                                
3rd Ga.    
Williams, August G.                          
48th Ga.  
Wooding, Edward B.                                  
3rd Ga.   
Wormack, (Warnock), Bill                
 3rd Ga.   
Wormack, (Warnock), Ray               
 3rd Ga.    

Click the link above for this web site. It was a key part of the research and information for my book "Above the High Water Mark". Don Worth created this site and maintains it. He is a retired Assistant Vice Chancelloor of Administrative Information Systems at UCLA now living in Oxnard, California.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Above the High Water Mark is book based on 47 letters from the collection of letters housed at the University of Georgia Special Collections Library. The story told in this book tells the tale of the Old South and Reconstruction. 

The reader will read the story of a lawyer who married before the War between the States and had a son. Once war broke out Corker joined the 3rd Georgia Regiment. The 3rd Georgia's history is detailed from the beginning of war to the end.

Corker was at the Battle of Sharpsburg. After this battle he writes he wife telling of his sword being shot in two at bloody lane while he stands for an hour with no weapon not wanting to be called a coward back home. Less than a year later on July 2, 1863, Corker is captured at Gettysburg. A letter to Corker's wife signed by Robert E. Lee details the last position Corker was seen.

Corker led the 3rd Georgia under Wright's Brigade which included the 2nd, 22nd and 48th Georgia. Wright's charge is detailed in three different accounts including Wright's own report. This charge broke the Union line and was the furthest advance; Hence the title of the book.

Corker is sent to Johnson's Island Yankee prison which was close to Sandusky, Ohio. The majority of letters were written from prison. These letters detail prison life, his interaction with other prisoners and the progression of the war to its end.

After the war, Corker is elected to the 41st Congress and serves one term. His election was contested and the testimony during his term in office gives a keen insight into Reconstruction in Georgia with Union Troops Occupying the State.

Below is the back cover of the book showing the key items covered.

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The following review was written by Scott Mingus, Sr.

Scott Mingus is a scientist and executive in the global paper industry, The York, Pa., resident has written twelve Civil War books. . His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Infantry, and other family members fought in the Army of the Potomac at Antietam and Gettysburg.

Stephen A. Corker was an attorney, judge, and slaveholder in southeastern Georgia before the Civil War. In April 1861, he enrolled in the Burke Guards, Company A, 3rd Georgia Infantry and became an orderly sergeant. He wrote a lengthy series of letters throughout the war to his beloved wife, starting with a note to her from the regiment's campsite near Roanoke Island through February 1865 when he was a prisoner of war being held in the Johnson's Island prison camp in the midst of frigid Lake Erie. He had been taken prisoner in July 1863 during the battle of Gettysburg and was confined the rest of the war.

Author John C. Hall. Jr. has assembled Corker's letters in a new book, with annotations and additional information to help the reader understand the context and background for each letter, as well as the specific people mentioned in them. He has divided them in distinct sections, beginning with a single pre-war love letter to his future wife. Section B includes a series of seven letters Corker, nicknamed "Fes," wrote before he was captured in southern Pennsylvania. One of his early letters is to Governor Joe Brown of his native Georgia asking for a commission when his original term of enlistment expired on May 1, 1862. He would eventually indeed receive his desired rank of captain. Another letter covers the fighting at Sharpsburg/Antietam. "I went thru the Maryland Campaign & never got hurt tho my sword was shot in two at the battle of Sharpsburg," he informed his wife. Corker added, "I can out march any man we got but it has broke me down. I am very thin but my gen'l health is good."

Hall's next section, C, covers two letters sent to his family members after Captain Corker was taken prisoner at Gettysburg during the July 2, 1863, attack of Wright's brigade that briefly penetrated the Union center before being repulsed. On August 18, army commander Gen. Robert E. Lee wrote brief, but sympathetic letter to Mrs. Corker in which he stated, "I sympathize deeply with you in your anxiety and regret that I can do so little to relieve it." One of the “high points” in the book is the location that Lee states in this letter that Corker was last seen. “Marse Robert” wrote, “when last seen was standing near a piece of the enemy’s artillery where the fire was very severe. It is not known whether he was killed or wounded. I hope he is living and may long be spared to his family and the country.”

In section D, Hall presents Corker's letters from captivity. Corker was transported from Gettysburg to Fort Delaware before being forwarded to Johnson's Island near Sandusky, Ohio. Over the next year and a half, he sent his wife several letters with updates on life in prison, which other soldiers had perished, and his thoughts on the war. Hearing news of Sherman's march through Georgia, he asked his wife if she was frightened. His last letter from Johnson's Island came in February 1865.

Hall finishes his book with some of Corker's post-war letters. He resumed his law career, farmed, and briefly served in the 41st United States Congress. His election was challenged, yet he was able to take his seat. Corker was the last member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Old South to take his seat in the new Union. Corker is well educated, lucid in his writing and thought process, and expressive. Hall's annotations and commentary/background for each letter add depth and understanding.