Thomas Martin Saturday
Writing under the nom de plume Thomas Martin Saturday, Thomas Martin Sobottke is Adjunct Professor of History at Carroll University. He was born in 1955 in Chicago, and raised in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Earning a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1977, he worked for a few years in small market radio news, tried his hand at marketing writing, and then returned to school and earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. He taught at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin for 26 years and was a Kohl Foundation award winner and finalist for Wisconsin Teacher-of-the-Year in 2000.
His M.A. in History was also earned at Madison in 1989 and his Ph.D in History at Marquette University in 2008. Trained in both Modern European and American History he came to specialize in both the American Civil War Era and Anglo-American diplomatic history.
His first book Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory, (Pewaukee, Wisconsin: Moving Train Books LLC, 2011) was a Memory Study concerning how we now remember the Civil War and how we might better remember that event.
Thus far he’s written a piece for North and South Magazine, “A Moral View of Our Civil War Historical Memory,” Volume 12 Number 3, (September, 2010). A second piece “Companions Jolly Well Met: War Correspondents in the Civil War” is due to be published next year. He is a contributor to WUWM-FM, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin National Public Radio Affiliate.
Sobottke has now moved into writing historical fiction with his first novel in the Sanford J. Ellis-Benjamin Eaton Series novels, Richmond’s Bloody Road. A second book in the series, The Lamentations of Uriah is due for release in summer 2013.
He lives in a rambling house in Pewaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two children and a recalcitrant 205 pound St. Bernard dog named Chumley.
Richmond's Bloody Road: A Novel of the Civil War
Historical Fiction, Mystery
A dead body found in a woodpile in the most vile and criminally infested neighborhood in Washington D.C. on a spring day in 1862 bring the youthful Union artillery lieutenant Benjamin Eaton and Sanford Ellis—a drunk, a cad, and also a newspaper correspondent for the New York Herald—together in an adventure of war, espionage and intrigue.
Set in that perilous corridor between wartime Washington, D.C. and the rebel capitol of Richmond, Virginia, this new suspense-filled novel of the American Civil War features Benjamin Eaton and Sanford Ellis who must act or a war may be lost.
The two become privy to a great conspiracy that may turn the tide of war against the Union. Can it be stopped and the Union saved? Eaton and Ellis join forces and travel to the Virginia Peninsula where their destinies become intertwined in this first in a series of novels of the American Civil War.