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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | March 31, 2013
Many who have not studied West Virginia history believe it became a state in the middle of the Civil War because the people who lived in western Virginia objected to Virginia's vote to secede from the Union. True for some, but the schism between eastern and western Virginia at the time ran much deeper and had its beginnings around the time of the American Revolution, according to “Countdown to West Virginia Statehood,” Charles Town author Bob O'Connor's latest book. Seven of O'Connor's works are centered on the Civil War, including some local events and characters.
September 11, 2012
Author and historian Bob O'Connor will sign copies of his new book, "A House Divided Against Itself" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Downtown Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. For more information, go to
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | December 22, 2010
Author Bob O'Connor has written four books with Civil War themes and one on the history of Ranson, W.Va., but the Charles Town resident is editor instead of writer for his sixth and newest book that comes out this week. "The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President," a 520-page autobiography, was written in the 1880s by Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's friend, law partner in Illinois, and later his presidential bodyguard. Lamon, who was born in Summit Point, W.Va., died in 1893 and is buried in Gerrardstown, W.Va.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | December 26, 2012
The American Civil War has been very good for a Charles Town author who, in the last six years, has been researching the area's history for material for historical novels based on real people and real situations connected with that conflict. Bob O'Connor has just finished his fifth novel, “The Return of Catesby,” the story of a slave who was born in Jefferson County. The latest is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” which O'Connor published in 2008. The new book comes out in January.
June 8, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town author Bob O'Connor has just published his second historical novel, "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln. " O'Connor will sign his book at Hagerstown Rail Days from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. Copies of the book are available at .
August 15, 2006
Book signing today in Pa. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bob O'Connor will sign his book "The Perfect Steel Trap, Harpers Ferry 1859" from 5 to 8 p.m. today, at Weis Market in Chambersburg. Most beautiful people sought for county program Celebrating 20 years of honoring volunteers in Maryland, the Maryland You Are Beautiful Program in Washington County is accepting nominations for the 20th annual "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" volunteer awards. The local Washington County program, sponsored by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners is titled "Washington County's Most Wonderful Citizens.
August 13, 2006
Festival seeks venders CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town Heritage Festival is seeking vendors and groups interested in participating in the downtown arts and crafts festival running from Thursday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 24. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, Aug. 15. A $20 nonrefundable application fee must accompany the application. Pick up an application at Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St., which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and closed Mondays and Tuesdays; or call Bob O'Connor at 304-535-2627.
May 4, 2011
Local author Bob O'Connor, author of six books, was a speaker at the National Pearl Buck Writer's Conference on April 9 in Perkasie, Pa., near Philadelphia. O'Connor spoke as part of the Infinity Publishing group at the conference, held at Pearl Buck's home. The conference's focus was how to become a published author. O'Connor said his publisher asked him to speak about authors marketing their books because he is one of Infinity Publishing's more successful authors. O'Connor said most authors just want to write another book after their first one is published.
December 5, 2011
1. Holiday nostalgia Old Tyme Christmas will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at various sites in Funkstown.  Activities throughout Funkstown, including Yule log bonfire, guitar performances by Barbara Ingram School of Fine Arts guitar students, a piano recital, craft show, ornament-decorating contest for children, and Santa at Town Hall. For complete schedule, go to . 2. Having fun with Mike Rayburn "A Very Funny Christmas with Mike Rayburn" will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
by JULIE E. GREENE | June 18, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Bob O'Connor has long been fascinated by the story of infamous abolitionist John Brown and various curiosities associated with his tale. He shares many of those intriguing facts in his first book, a historical novel, "The Perfect Steel Trap: Harpers Ferry 1859. " For instance, future Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth - another historical figure O'Connor has had a lifetime fascination about - was at Brown's execution. Many of the curiosities or coincidences are left for the near-end of the book.
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