Book Q&A

On this page I welcome all comments about my ebook Poore Boys In Gray. By sharing our thoughts, we can learn from each other.

I am a trained historian, but I don’t like much of what passes for history, especially Southern history. I especially don’t like how it is presented in academic history journals. These journals don’t allow for reader responses. You will not find a “letters to the editor” section in them. Even if a journal allows you to make a response, it will be months before it is published.

Whether in journals or books, a lot of history is written so badly that it is hard to read, let alone understand. Sometimes it seems as though the writing was made hard to understand on purpose.

For this reason, I wrote Poore Boys In Gray in plain language, writing that can be understood at almost every reading level and that also is interesting to read.

I hope you agree, But even if you don’t I welcome and look forward to your comments.

8 thoughts on “Book Q&A”

  1. Michael Barrow Poore said:

    My name is Michael Poore. My father is Dick Austin Poore Jr. I believe this book may be about my family. My wife is currently doing ancestry research and is collecting photos. If you have any photos to contribute, please contact me.

    • Michael, I sent you an email and we can talk offline. And yes, the book is about our family. Dick and I are great grandsons of William Billy Poore in the book.

      • Erik Testmann said:


        I can see that you mention Betty Fladeland in your book.
        My wife’s maternal grandfather, Martin Fladeland (born 1880), went from Denmark to USA with several of his siblings in 1903 where he settled as a farmer and also worked a tram conductor in Minneapolis as far as we know.

        He went back to Denmark in the beginning of the 1920s and got married with Johanne Fladeland, nee Breiner and had my mother in law, Stella Fladeland (married Nielsen) in 1926 and Thomas “Tom” Fladeland in 1930.

        The reason why we are interested in Betty Fladeland is, that she resembles my mother in law a lot and we came to think that she could be related to my wife through her grand father.
        My wife and I would appreciate if you could give us information on the family to Betty Fladeland or put us in contact with someone who can help us with that information.

        Thanks in advance.

        Best regards,

        Erik Testmann
        Married to Birthe Fladeland Testmann

      • Erik,

        Betty isn’t in my book. I wrote about her on my blog because she is my wife’s great aunt and because she wrote about abolitionists. I knew Betty but my wife can answer more about her. I’ll show her your comments.

        Ralph Poore

      • Erik, send me an email at and my wife will give you some info on her Fladeland line.

  2. Reading Willy and the Poor Boys ;-); so far, excellent, thank you.

    Are you familiar with the Nat’l Guard Heritage Paintings; in particular, the one with the Battn Washington Artillery at Battery Gregg?

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