Battle of West Frederick, July 7, 1864
Prelude to Battle of Monocacy
Written by Joseph V. Collins
This book is dedicated to my older brother Harry David Collins, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army. After his meritorious military career Harry retired to New Orleans, Louisiana, and since he has devoted extensive time to the laborious task of researching the genealogy of the various ancestors that compromise the Collins family tree. With the information discovered from his extensive research of the Van Sickle branch of the family I was able blend their service in the Third Potomac Home Brigade into the critical events that swirled around General Jubal Early’s 1864 invasion of Maryland. Without his dedication to that family research the writing of this book and the recognition of the vital part the Van Sickle family had in the events at the Battle of West Frederick would not have been possible.
Joseph Vincent Collins has a BA from Juniata College and received his MBA from Hood College in 2009. He retired as Vice President of Allfirst Band in 2000 after a career in commercial real estate. A native of western Pennsylvania he currently lives in Frederick, Maryland. He is a volunteer at Frederick Memorial Hospital and a master docent at the Historical Society of Frederick County. He is the Executive Director of the Nancy Collins Memorial Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that honors his late wife Nancy. His first book “Farmers That Helped Shape America” is about the civil war and the involvement of Van Sickle branch of his family that lived in western Maryland.
Softcover, 230 pages