Jim Douglas is a best selling author and Civil War historian, and a serious collector of Civil War artifacts. He has authored two Civil War books "Born To Serve, The Major A. G. Happer Story" and the companion book, "The Bloody Eleventh, A Regimental History."
Over the years he has developed a network of friendships with Civil War historians, authors, living historians, battlefield guides, re-enactors, collectors, experts and dealers across the country. Civil War collectors and dealers often approach him for advice on the authenticity of items, prior to purchase.
Mr. Douglas has been consulted about Civil War related matters by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and has had several feature articles written in the Washington Observer Reporter. He has also been a speaker at local schools, clubs, events and other venues, presenting various programs about the Civil War.
His book Born To Serve is being used in Washington High School's Advanced Placement History Department, and is the keystone in an ongoing effort to bring recognition to Major Happer in the city he helped lead into the twentieth century.
Mr. Douglas has several new book projects currently under development. He lives in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife and family.
Look for his next book release in Spring 2018.
I am the Social Studies Department Leader at Washington High School in Washington, PA.
One of the courses I teach is AP/College in High School U.S. History.
I purchased Born to Serve for all my students because it's a great book with a local connection.
I will ask my students to help make Major Happer's story more well known to our local people in
the hope that some formal recognition and/or monument will be made to cite his contributions to this city.
This will be a special project for my students.
I had a great time last Tuesday once again visiting the AP History class at Washington High in Washington, PA. Mr. Jeff Bunner as always had the group organized and ready to present their
program in support of gaining recognition for Major A.G. Happer. They set as their mission, the following:
"Major A.G. Happer was not concerned with his own recognition while playing an instrumental part in developing Washington.
We learned about him only through Jim Douglas’s book “Born to Serve” and felt that it was unjust for such a key figure in our local history to not have any formal recognition in the city. This project allows us to go beyond the classroom to make an impact on our community while learning life skills and applying them to honor an important local historical figure."
Also in attendance were my "Chief of Staff" Linda Douglas along with PA State Representative Mr. Brandon Neuman. From the Washington County Historical Society, Mr. Clay Kilgore, and from the Washington Observer-Reporter, Mr. Nate Doughty. The students did a fine job with their presentation.
Representative Neuman has begun the process of helping the students with assembling the lengthy application packets for a State Historical Marker from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. He also has pledged very sizable portion of the application fee which is considerable. The goal is to have the marker erected in front of the Major's home which is now the Admission Offices for Washington & Jefferson College. I have been given the honor of writing the text that will appear on the marker.
The Washington County Historical Society also has a recognition event planned to coincide with the marker's unveiling ceremony. More on that to come later.
The students also have other goals for Major Happer. A brick on the Veteran's Walkway, a historical plaque affixed to the Major's house, having the Major's home declared a Historical Landmark, and a statue to be recognized by the city. As you can see, they are quite lofty goals. The students have been working on this for quite a while & have achieved great progress. Below are a few pictures of the festivities yesterday. I have never worked with a finer group of young people as are these students from Wash High. I predict they all will achieve whatever they desire in their lives. There is more to come! Stay tuned. BTW, Wash High is celebrating their 150th year!
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