Shot Tower: The Unbibliography

Shot Tower is a work of fiction and such wouldn’t normally include a bibliography. The Kindle e-book for Shot Tower include nothing of the sort in its otherwise informative Afterrward. This Unbibliograhy is an incomplete list of the works that influenced the resarch for the book. Further explanation is below. 

See the Shot Tower page for a brief synopsis of the novel, or the Amazon page to order it..

Blue & Gray Navies: The Civil War Afloat by Spencer C. Tucker
A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore, edited by B.A. Bodkin
A History of Warfare by John Keegan
The Inner Civil War by George M. Fredrickson
Johnny Reb & Billy Yank by Alexander Hunter
Philadelphia: A 300-Year History, edited by Russell F. Weigly
The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: A Study in Ethnic Conflict by Michael Feldberg
Reconstruction : the Port Royal experiment by Willie Lee Nichols Rose
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois
Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen
Still Philadelphia by Fredric M. Miller. Morris Vogel and Allen F. Davis
Wicked Philadelphia by Thomas H. Keels


This is a list of books that were employed for background, to some degree or another for building Shot Tower: The Novel.

Some of these volumes had been in my collection for years. Research has been ongoing for that long, decades even. Some were acquired during the writing phase of the project., since plot and character detail will not snap into place until then. Some are in my local free library, and may be in yours.

Think of this, then,  as supplemental or recommended reading. Much of it will enhance the appreciation of the narrative.

They will be added here in the order they are recovered, either from my shelves or from my memory.

The thought here was to compile this list for use in the print volume as an appendix item, not often done in works of fiction. So whether that happens or not the list will be here.

The internet is everybody’s memory. No online links are included. Only non-virtual sources are here. An accurate or reliable recovery of web pages consulted would be impossible. The Web served rarely as a direct primary source, more often as a confirmation of data gathered elsewhere, and as reassurance that curious readers who look items  up will find something.

Titles will be added here irregularly. They should be easy enough to track down if available. Be sure to check your local used book store or sidewalk sale.

The list is alphabetical by title.

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