Mr. Trout’s first book, They Followed the Plume, published by Stackpole Books in 1993, is about the lecture topic and was an outgrowth of a living history unit he developed after years of research. While researching he discovered that there was very little written about any general's staff, giving him the idea of writing a history of Stuart's staff. He spent seven years researching and writing the book.
Other books by the author include Memoirs of the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion: Moorman’s and Hart’s Batteries (University of Tennessee Press, 2008), The Hoss: Officer Biographies and Rosters of the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion (self-published in 2003), Galloping Thunder: The Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion (Stackpole Books, 2002), In the Saddle with Stuart: The Story of Frank Smith Robertson of Jeb Stuart's Staff (Thomas Publications,1998), and With Pen and Saber: The Letters and Diaries of J. E. B. Stuart's Staff ( Stackpole Books, 1995).
He has also written two books for children, Drumbeat (White Mane Kids, 2006), a fictional story of a drummer boy during the war written, and The Story of Red Eye: The Miracle Horse of Gettysburg, expected to be published this year. This book is a fictional accounting of the life of Red Eye, the horse that Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett rode during Pickett’s Charge. Garnett was killed but, according to one account, Red Eye was last seen running back to the Confederate line on Seminary Ridge.
The lecture is part of a series of lectures on American history sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and the library. Call (540) 341-7019 or (540) 347-0607 for more information.