John L. Dodson Further Discusses Civil War Memoir of Col. Plimpton in 2013-2014 Marketing Push

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Author promotes collection of Colonel Plimpton’s personal journals written during the war.

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In his 2012 book, “The Civil War Journals of Col. Homer A. Plimpton 1861 – 1865” (published by Trafford Publishing), John L. Dodson shares the personal journals of Homer A. Plimpton, who joined the 39th Volunteer Regiment of Illinois in 1861 and rose from Private to Colonel of the regiment. Now with a renewed marketing pushing, including advertisement in a 2014 issue of Ingram’s Advance and a television ad placement campaign, Dodson is spreading his work to new audiences.

The journals follow Plimpton’s travels across the country, from Illinois to West Virginia, to North Carolina and more, ending up at Appomattox, Va. He shares his insights concerning the conditions of warfare, the time he met President Lincoln, his opinions on Mary Todd Lincoln, working with the founder of the Red Cross, Sara Barton, and expresses his feelings on the Union generals who commanded him.

“I want readers to have a better understanding of the Civil War and its impact on today’s conflicts,” Dodson says. “I want them to gain knowledge of the cost and destruction this war had on lives and the national sense of purpose. I want them to see what a true hero looks like and how devotion to a cause is valuable. I want them to feel what life was like for a soldier in the Civil War.”

“The Civil War Journals of Col. Homer A. Plimpton 1861 – 1865” was displayed at the 2012 California Library Association Annual Conference.

The Civil War Journals of Col. Homer A. Plimpton 1861 – 1865
By John L. Dodson
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 476 pages | ISBN 9781426974229
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 476 pages | ISBN 9781553950899
E-Book | 476 pages | ISBN 9781426974212
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John L. Dodson, born in 1933, attended the 100th birthday party of his great grandmother, Sophia Wood Plimpton, in the summer of 1942. He learned from her about her husband, Homer. Dodson’s interest in Homer’s life began then and continues to this day. Retired as a United Methodist pastor since 1999, Dodson lives with his wife Vicky in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. He loves hiking in the mountains and his hobbies include, reading, studying history, sharing a passion for great movies with Vicky and daily trips to the athletic club.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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