Raasch Discusses “Imperfect Union” at St. Augustine, FL

As part of Flagler College’s Forum on Government and Public Policy series, acclaimed Washington correspondent Chuck Raasch will be giving a talk titled “After the guns go silent, and the ballots are cast” on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Lewis Auditorium.

Raasch’s lecture will focus on his 2016 book, “Imperfect Union, A Father’s Search for his son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg,” which is about the rise of the war correspondent and the experience that follows conflict and war.

“This topic is relevant in our long period of war against terrorism, and the uncertainty it brings to both survivors and those fighting it” Raasch said. “The aftermath of human conflict never leaves us.”

Imperfect Union: Tops in Its Category on Amazon

My great friends, John Runyan and Ruth Kane, hosted a book event for me on Capitol Hill last night. I had a great time talking about why I think one of the main points of “Imperfect Union” is worth pondering in our age. I focused on its examination on mythologizing in war, and our need for heroes. Some great questions from attendees.


I look forward to continuing the conversation with the folks who were there.

Also, proud to note that my book is now listed as a best seller in its category on Amazon.

NPC Book Rap

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Chuck Raasch will discuss his new book Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, at a National Press Club Book Rap at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the NPC’s Conference Rooms.

Tickets are $5 for Press Club members; $10 public. This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit NPC Journalism Institute. Books can be purchased online at the same time as tickets or at the event. No outside books or memorabilia are permitted.


A Wilkeson Descendant Weighs in on Imperfect Union

By Chuck Raasch

One of the great things about researching and writing this book is the contact I have made with Ray Wilkeson, a great-great grandson of Samuel H. Wilkeson, Bayard Wilkeson’s cousin. Samuel H. served in the famous cavalry regiment, “Scott’s 900,” which guarded the capital and served as an escort guard and protector for President Lincoln late in the war. Samuel H. Wilkeson was a prolific letter writer, very expressive and honest in his writing.

It was a privilege to help bring him to life to his descendants, like Ray, and a reminder to me, and I hope you, that history lives, and is not just a collection of random, long-ago events. And, finally, as I write in the book, that the aftermath of war is forever.

Ray Wilkeson wrote a review of “Imperfect Union” on Amazon. “As a descendant/member of the Wilkeson family that helped found the city of Buffalo NY, I looked forward with great anticipation to reading this book. And it certainly did not disappoint.” Read the rest of Wilkeson’s review here.

Washington Times Review of Imperfect Union

The ghastliness of Gettysburg, the culminating battle of the Civil War, has been reduced to the ultimate horror of a 19-year-old soldier dying in a “puddle of his own blood” in this stark and wrenching war book.
In the course of more than 300 harrowing pages Chuck Raasch writes this nonfiction account of those who fought and died and those who wrote about the conflict.

Read more of Muriel Dobbin’s review in the Washington Times.

Post-Dispatch reporter’s new book on Gettysburg goes beyond battlefield

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-3-00-41-pmPost-Dispatch’s Washington correspondent Chuck Raasch joins “Inside the Post-Dispatch” hostesses Sam Liss and Leah Thorsen to discuss his book being released on October 1st. ‘Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg’ tells the story of a New York Times reporter’s search for his soldier son while shouldering the responsibility of covering the Civil War, and explores journalism at the time as well as the poor medical care soldiers often received.

CLICK HERE to hear the whole interview.