James L. Barbour is a former officer of the Federal Government whose entire career of over thirty years was devoted to the organization and management functions of U.S. and State agencies. He participated in many reorganization efforts including the development and implementation of plans requiring Presidential and Congressional approval. Equally important, he had the opportunity to observe overall government operations at high levels and the related interplay of human emotions and institutional considerations from an inside perspective.
Following a distinguished thirty-plus year career with the Federal Government, the author retired to his native Southern Maryland where so many of major events of our nation’s history played out. There he began a second career and operated a successful antiquarian book business, specializing in (but not limited to) the Civil War era. Mr. Barbour subsequently researched, authored, and issued several publications relating to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination, in addition to other works.
Founded in 1658 and once a thriving seaport, Port Tobacco served as the Charles County, MD county seat for 250 years. The town witnessed the nation’s founding and many subsequent events including the Civil War and the escape of John Wilkes Booth. This book contains the history, sketches and descriptions of Port Tobacco as it existed prior to 1895, provided by one of the town's last residents.