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Veterans Day Observed in Annapolis with New Book Release

The Battle of Turkey Thicket is the True Story of a

Local Youth Buried in Arlington Cemetery

Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse in Annapolis to Host Book Signing

Veterans Day Observed in Annapolis with New Book Release



BALTIMORE, Maryland – (October 23, 2017) – Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse of Annapolis, in cooperation with publisher Baritone Books, announces an author’s book signing for The Battle of Turkey Thicket. This new book is the true story of a local teenager killed in the Korean War. Author Christopher Russell will appear at Old Fox Books on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The address is 35 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, MD. Phone: (410) 626-2020.


The Battle of Turkey Thicket was inspired by an obscure plaque displayed in St. Edmond’s Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Russell unraveled the epic story of its subject, Philip Thomas Hughes.


“Turkey Thicket was the playground near Philip’s childhood home in Washington, D.C.’s Brookland community,” said Russell. “This kid was an orphan, raised during the 1930s and 40s. Family strife caused him to run away from home. His travels took him from coast to coast across North America.  Philip joined the peacetime Army at age 17, which led him into the battlefields of Korea. He’s buried in Arlington Cemetery.”


Philip’s story describes life in Washington D.C.’s almost-forgotten Irish Catholic community, as well as the role of young American troops in the reconstruction of post-World War II Japan. In 1950, Philip was one of the first – and youngest – American soldiers to serve in Korea. In researching Philip’s story, Russell found and befriended Philip’s kid brother, now a retiree living comfortably in Washington, DC. Their collaboration revealed a fascinating snapshot of mid-20th century America, the harrowing Korean War, and a family’s enduring legacy.


Pub date: September 2017. Washington, DC & Military History

ISBN:  978-0-9990983-2-5

255 pages, softcover, $14.95,

Baritone Books

Promotional video (100 sec) on Youtube [search “The Battle of Turkey Thicket”]

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