(Bradenton, Fla., March 1, 2022) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) American Government instructor Mike “Mig” Gallagher recently published his first novel, “California Blood at Gettysburg: From Antebellum California to a Bloody Pennsylvania Ridge.” The work of historical fiction is available online through Amazon.
Gallagher describes the book as 80% history and 20% imagination. “California Blood at Gettysburg” is the story of two boys that grow into soldiers and leaders during the Civil War. Their stories start in different worlds and cultures. One is an Irish immigrant and the son of a failed potato farmer. The other is a Mexican wanderlust and the descendant of a conquistador. The story also follows Senator Edward Baker’s formation of the 1st California Regiment, later redesignated the 71st Pennsylvania, to the “Bloody Angle” at Gettysburg.