Hacker Signs His 'Battle Of Carthage' Book

One of our favorite regional community journalists & photographers is offering a glimpse at his work today.

Many of our readers already know John Hacker, his work is truly remarkable and he has spent decades perfecting his craft and chronicling life & current events in the middle of the Show-Me State.

Here's context on this important moment in Missouri history . . .

The Battle of Carthage was strategically and tactically significant. The battle marks the only time a sitting U.S. State governor has led troops in the field, and then, against the Union to which his state belonged. Serving at the vanguard of Governor Jackson's army, a band of 150 independent partisan rangers were under the command of Captain Jo Shelby, a Missouri farmer. From tactical battlefield maneuvers under fire by Sigel's batteries to pressing his retreat to Sarcoxie, Shelby's rangers "snatched the victory at Carthage from Sigel's grasp", and pro-Confederate elements in Missouri celebrated their first victory.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Signing for John Hacker's new book set for Saturday at Always Buying Books

John Hacker will be at Always Buying Books, 5357 N. Main, Joplin, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday signing copies of his new book Remembering the Battle of Carthage.