Local Author and Shepherd Alumnus, Steve French, Publishes New Book

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Kent State University Press released Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers. The book, written by former Hedgesville High and Shepherd graduate, Steve French, chronicles the adventures and exploits of a small band of Confederate partisan rangers who roamed the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia and specialized in attacking isolated Union outposts, supply trains, and interrupting traffic on the B&O Railroad. In their most spectacular action in the early-morning hours of February 21, 1865, sixty-five Rangers entered Cumberland, Maryland and captured Generals George Crook and Benjamin F. Kelley from their hotel rooms.

Former Antietam National Park historian, Ted Alexander, has called Phantoms of the South Fork “one of the most important Civil War books to be published in years.”

The book can be purchased online fro,  Kent State University Press, Amazon and other leading booksellers. To get a signed copy, send a check for $41.50 to the author at 8604 Martinsburg Rd., Hedgesville, W.Va. 25427.