Civil War Historian and Author Tim Snyder to Sign Copies of “Trembling in the Balance”

Hagerstown, MD – Author Tim Snyder will be signing copies of his book “Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal During the Civil War” on Saturday Sep. 22nd from 11am to 1pm at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center at 6 North Potomac Street (right by the Public Square).

The book has received compliments and praise from readers and reviewers. “Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal During the Civil War” is the story of a canal company’s struggle to operate a significant business enterprise in one of the nation’s major theaters of war. Since the C&O Canal company was located on Maryland’s border with Virginia, it experienced much of the war firsthand. Due to the proximity of the canal to several Civil War battles and skirmishes, as well as incursions and invasions, this book includes a great deal of military history in great detail. The canal played a role in major battles, including Antietam and Gettysburg, and in smaller conflicts, such as Ball’s Bluff and Stonewall Jackson’s raids on Dam Number 5 (the dam was owned by the canal company). A fascinating account of the historic transportation artery during a time of great military upheaval.

The book was extensively researched using other historical resources, including original records of the canal company, the National Archives, the National Park Service, and personal correspondence and diaries of political leaders and individual soldiers during the Civil War. Snyder received his master’s degree in history from Shippensburg University.

According to reviewer Bob O’Connor: “Tim Snyder’s book ‘Trembling in the Balance’ is the definitive book on the
subject of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the Civil War. As Snyder points out ‘…the canal was positioned quite literally between the armies and it was not long before it was drawn into conflicts along the border.’ The book chronicles Confederate attempts to undermine its operations and Union efforts to utilize the canal for transportation and supply purposes. …and between the contending armies was the C & O Canal Company, trying to keep the canal in order, dealing with government regulations and interference, ultimately hoping to survive the war and make a profit. This book is a great resource that offers up a compendium of information heretofore found in hundreds of scattered places.”

The book will be available for sale at $22.95 at the Visitor Welcome Center.

Note: when in Hagerstown, be sure to visit the Washington County Arts Council’s display of historical artwork by Garnet Jex, which features the C&O Canal during the Civil War (Upper Potomac in the Civil War, by Garnet Jex).

The C&O Canal National Historical Park today is Maryland’s largest and most-visited national park. The park is 184.5-miles long, and receives over 4-million visitors annually. 43-percent of the park is in Washington County, Maryland. The park has four visitor centers in Washington County (Bowles House in Hancock, Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Ferry Hill Place near Sharpsburg, and the National Park’s HQ in Hagerstown). A premier Civil War exhibit was unveiled this year at Ferry Hill Place. For more information about the park, see:  The C&O Canal NHP is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see: