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Confederate Agent Found Hiding in Branford, Connecticut
Branford Historical Society presents author Joe Goodbody for a discussion of his new book KENTUCKY BARRACUDA: Parker Hardin French (1826-1878) – The Notorious Scoundrel and Delightful Rogue of Antebellum & Civil War America
Join author Joe Goodbody for a presentation about one of history’s most devious conmen. A notorious scoundrel in his time, Parker Hardin French has been relegated to a minor footnote in American antebellum and Civil War history—until now. Joe brings this cunning rascal out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this well-researched historical biography. Joe’s talk will cover French’s connection to Branford.
Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley assisted with this information and perspective. French was arrested in Branford in November 1861 and charged with being a Confederate agent.
About the Author: Emmet Joseph (Joe) Goodbody Jr. is a retired United States Army Colonel and Virginia resident. His great-grandfather was a victim of Parker Hardin French on the fraudster’s California-bound gold rush expedition. The adventure faltered in mismanagement and collapsed in deception, fraud, and forgery.
Wednesday, August 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Blackstone Memorial Library located at 758 Main Street, Branford.
Registration is required.
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