This historical book takes you back to what would be considered the earliest days of sniping. Jack Hinson was a reluctant and older participant in the Civil war on the South side of the conflict. He wanted to remain neutral but the unfortunate slaying of two of his sons pushed him to take sides and he took up his one man sniping campaign along the Tennessee River. He is credited with over 30 kills at ranges in excess of 600 yards. The Author is a retired USMC Lt. Colonel who served in both Korea and Vietnam and is a historian who did extensive research into the Hinson story. With the author being from the South there did seem to be a certain bias toward the position of the South, though he does make an effort to present both sides to various events. There is not much detail on techniques or tactics beyond general conditions, especially for conducting such long range shots with early rifle technology. Lt. Col. McKenney also becomes quite descriptive and detailed in regards to other things such has personal feelings, smells, sounds, etc. in a way that not even the most detailed journal would include and those artistic liberties become a bit too much by the end of the book. Overall it does provide a very interesting look into not only a dramatic and somewhat tragic true story, but also a look into early sniping activities. There is a lot of background and build up provided before the actual one man war portion of the book begins, but this does provide some good historical information about that time in American history and in that particular theater of operations.

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