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To make arrangements to have Nancy N. Baxter Speak at your upcoming event, please contact her by emailing requests to She can be reached by phone at 317-867-5183 or 317-418-6563.

The Faces of the Civil War:

Two hundred thousand men from Indiana went to the Civil War and 20,000 didn’t come back. But much of the true history of the war was not found exclusively on famous battlefields like Gettysburg. It was found in mosquito-infested swamps of the Mississippi valley, the camps where men tried in ingenious ways to find relief from threats of death and disease and in the hearts of women and children back home in Indiana who courageously coped with their farms and businesses. Baxter’s new book A Catalogue of Curiosities from the Civil War in Indiana: Important, Moving and Sometimes Odd Stories of the Human Side of the War forms the basis of this lively talk, with large posters of faces to intrigue the audience. 45 minutes to an hour

Use the website contact to make arrangements or call Hawthorne Publishing.

Fire in the Rear:

Copperheads and Home front Battles in Indiana in the Civil War. Only recently have we fully understood the full extent of disruption and even death the Knights of the Golden Circle and other “peace now” fraternities caused during the war. Based on extensive scholarship by our best historians and the author’s own personal delving and stories from southern Indiana, this 45-minute talk lays bare the “fire in the rear” that divided Indiana in the later days of the war. 30-45 minutes.

Nancy Baxter’s own Civil War non-fiction and fiction books provide color to the talk.

The Oldest Continually Occupied Home in Indiana?

The Wild McClures and Their Kin in the Pioneer Era  Based on Baxter’s novel The Movers, this talk follows the historical family the book used as a model, emphasizing their travels all the way from the Isle of Man in the seventeenth century to Knox County in 1803. The Pennsylvania Indian frontier of 1750,  Fighting in the Revolution with George Rogers Clark, traveling across the Buffalo Trace, and brother against brother as slave-holding became an issue in Vincennes in 1803 are covered. With at least ten thousand descendants in Indiana today—the McClures are among our staunchest pioneer families and their story compelling. The Movers was the Waldenbooks Preferred Reading Selection, mid-Atlantic states in 1980.
45 minutes. illustrating posters are part of the program.
Nancy Baxter depends on a lifetime of speaking before audiences with personal involvement and audience participation at the end of the speech. She does not use Powerpoint presentation but instead prefers lively, animated talks enhanced by large illuminating posters.