Stubborn Men and Parched Corn (2018) is the story of the 18th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. No regiment, North or South, served with more distinction on so many battlefields. Brigadier General Jerry McAbee’s great-grandfather, Private John Brown, served honorably in the regiment. This meticulously researched story covers the gruesome battles, starvation, sickness, and brutality endured by these brave, stubborn men. The story is told through firsthand accounts and personal letters of men fighting against impossible odds, fated to lose the war, but stubborn enough to keep fighting until the end. This is the story of Confederate soldiers.
General McAbee was raised in Rainsville, AL, and is a graduate of Plainview High School and Jacksonville State University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and served more than 35 years on active duty as a field artillery officer, holding a variety of command, staff, and training positions at home and abroad, including combat deployments in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. After retiring in 2005, he consulted on national security issues in Africa and the Middle East.
Stubborn Men and Parched Corn is the result of General McAbee’s lifelong interest in and study of the Civil War. He and his wife of 50 years, Margaret, live in Mentone.
Moon Lake Community Library will host author Brigadier General Jerry C. McAbee on Monday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for sale ($15), which the author will be glad to autograph. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea will be served.