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Geographical Error

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Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience.

I had purchased and was enjoying the book The President and the Freedom Fighter by Brian Kilmeade when on pages 36-37 I read, "...Alton Indiana, made national news when the editor of an abolitionist paper, Elijah P. Lovejoy, was shot gunned down by a proslavery rabble, his printing press broken up and thrown into the Mississippi".

A printing press in Indiana was thrown into the Mississippi?

Have you ever heard of such a thing, @Hoosier_RN?

 

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Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,540 Posts

Not unless they went a ways. The Ohio and Wabash join, then empty into the Mississippi down at the southeast corner of Missouri if I'm not mistaken. So if it was found there, someone sure carried it a long way to dump it.. I'm reading the same book (great minds think alike) and never even caught that. The subject matter is good, but I'm not sure that I'm much into his writing style

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 10,006 Posts

That is so cool you're reading that book!

I had purchased it at Sam's but found another book at a flea market, titled Manhunt by James L. Swanson, about the 12 day search for Booth after he assassinated Mr. Lincoln, that I opted to read first. THAT is an outstanding book- a real page turner!

I initially enjoyed The President and the Freedom Fighter, but after seeing that geographical error, it took some of the wind out of its sails. I mean, after all, the author, proof readers, and several other authors who sang the book's praises didn't note that the Lovejoy incident didn't occur in Indiana and the Mississippi is not one of its borders, I went like, "What?!"

Actually, I was born in the geographically errored area and live nearby. I am something of a history buff, and have friends and acquaintances who have written books about the area's history, so the error really hit home with me.

I emailed the author, Brian Kilmeade, and a couple of local rags, but have gotten no reply from any of them. Oh well.

Thanks for the post and your interest, Hoosier!

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,540 Posts

I just got done with a book about US Grant by Brett Baier. It was one of those off the wall finds. I loved it!  I love history, and real life writings...fiction is okay, just not my fave