Confederate General From Cecil County Featured in Jeff Shaara’s Latest Novel

The Smoke at Dawn,” Jeff Shaara’s latest historical novel about the Civil War, has been released and it has a Cecil County angle.  This third volume, part of a four part series, focuses on the critical Battle of Chattanooga.

Kyle Dixon has been listening to the audio version of the book.,  He informs me that William Whann Mackall, a Confederate General from Cecil County, appears on the pages of this just released volume.  Mackall, a graduate of West Point, grew up near Childs.  When the war broke out he resigned his U.S. Army commission and joined the confederacy.

A state historical marker near the boyhood home on Blue Ball Road provides additional information on Mackall.  And here is a link to an article Milt Diggins did on the general.

The boyhood home of William Whann Mackall is just south of Childs on Blue Ball Road.

The boyhood home of William Whann Mackall is just south of Childs on Blue Ball Road.

 

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