Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Compass Island Incident: November 1963 a novel by Wade Fowler, under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

John Franklin Kincaid clocks out at 4 PM on Thursday, August 27, 1953, after his shift at New York Shipbuilding Corporation’s sprawling shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, never to be seen or heard from again.

A little more than a decade later, a little girl is assailed by a terrible recurring nightmare. She dreams she is a man, buried alive in a dark compartment in the bowels of a ship under construction.

On November 16, 1963, President Kennedy helicopters to that ship, now a US Naval vessel called the USS Compass Island, as it steams off the coast of Florida to witness the firing of a Polaris missile clandestinely targeting Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

And so topple the first dominoes in a chain of events leading inexorably to the president’s assassination one week later in Dallas, Texas.

Who killed JFK — the president and shipyard worker? The answers abide on the Compass Island as the old ship casts off on its final voyage to the scrap yard in October of 2003 with descendants of John Franklin Kincaid on board and determined to solve not one, but two murder mysteries.

About the Author:

Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.
by Wade Fowler
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620060063
258 Pages
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

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World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Sunbury Press has released Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs by Scott Zuckerman, MD.

About the Book:

When a ninety-five-year-old World War II veteran from Utah agrees to reveal the untold details of his wartime experiences to a pediatrician from Brooklyn, an intense bond is formed between the two men, each of whom is taken on an unexpected journey in search of the truth.

Dreams of My Comrades chronicles the life of Murray Jacobs, a former Navy Seabee, who served in the Pacific Theater and was treated for PTSD until his death at the age of ninety-eight. He agreed to a series of interviews, under the strict conditions that his real name could not be used, and the details of the conversations could not be disclosed to anyone until after he was dead.

Murray’s story is not one of heroism, nor does he portray himself as heroic in his narrative. In the course of his dialogue with the author, Murray confesses to wartime atrocities the likes of which have never before been heard. Despite his advanced age, his recollections are entirely lucid, and he describes the events of his life in vivid detail. As the conversations progress, however, the author comes to recognize the challenges involved in trying to depict history based on the account of a single elderly man. Discrepancies lead to doubts, doubts lead to disbelief, disbelief leads to investigation, and after exhausting all possible avenues of research, unanswered questions linger and tantalize. This is a unique story, one that will not only appeal to connoisseurs of history but to anyone interested in the psychology of the human condition. It is unlike any narrative ever told about a veteran of the Second World War.

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Zuckerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. His high school English teacher, Frank McCourt—who would later win a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, Angela’s Ashes—inscribed in his yearbook, “You have displayed the writer’s gift. Cultivate it.” Forty years later, after a successful career as a physician, Zuckerman has heeded McCourt’s advice. Dreams of My Comrades was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2015 Utah Original Writing Competition.

What Others Are Saying:

“I found Dreams of My Comrades captivating. When I put it down at night I was eager to return to it the next day. The author was not only on top of his subject, I found him likable, funny, clever, sympathetic, insightful, and as fair as he could, in good conscience, be. How war atrocities gave way to an unexpected mystery midstream was particularly compelling. The title, which I didn’t think much of in the beginning, turns out to be brilliant.”  —Poe Ballantine, Award-winning author of Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

by Scott Zuckerman, MD
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x .7
9781620067451
296 Pages
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
HISTORY / Military / World War II
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sunbury Press has released The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 by Mark Carlson.

About the Book:

Finally, there is a book that reveals the truth about the worst air disaster to strike a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Second World War. Marine Fighter Squadron 422 was a group of twenty-four typical young Americans trained to fly the famous F4U Corsair into combat with the legendary Japanese Zero. When they arrived in the Pacific, they suddenly found that not all their enemies carried guns in savage Banzai charges. Their two most dangerous and merciless adversaries were the fury of a tropical typhoon and the cold heartless whims of a Marine Corps general. Together, these two foes seal the fate of VMF-422 and cause the greatest disaster ever to strike a Marine squadron.

Aviation historian Mark Carlson has written the first full account of a group of ordinary young men who were suddenly challenged beyond their experience and which forever changed the lives of the survivors. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is the dramatic true story of a desperate and courageous fight for survival against the forces of nature and a conspiracy of silence. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is a saga of courage and conspiracy, patriotism and pride, fate and futility in a struggle to survive the ferocity of a huge typhoon in the midst of the Second World War.

What Others Are Saying:

“Mark Carlson does it again, this time with a fast-moving revelation of a forgotten Second World War tragedy, one that should be remembered by all! Excellent! A compelling read.” — Colonel Walter J Boyne, USAF, (Retired), world-renowned author and historian, former curator of the National Air & Space Museum

by Mark Carlson
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067451
358 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Military / Aviation

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History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sunbury Press has released Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks.

About the Book:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks has compiled this history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach during its heyday from the 1920s through the 1960s and the residents who lived on the Northside near the established Missouri Avenue Beach. Included are images, research, and oral interviews of Atlantic City residents. Despite racial division in America, Chicken Bone Beach functioned as an African-American resort attracting celebrities, civic leaders, and other races.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks is a legislative assistant with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who recently completed her Masters of Arts in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Cheryl’s passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association while pursuing her Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist, writing songs for her own music projects as well as other artists. Cheryl was featured in Currents Magazine (PSU Alumni Magazine). Spring/Summer 2016 issue, discussing the exhibit of Chicken Bone Beach photographs.and the history of the beach.Cheryl resides in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 8 x 10 x .5
9781620067833
76 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / African American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

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The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast.

About the Book:

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.

“If potential readers are convinced that Jerry Sandusky is guilty, they need to read The Most Hated Man in America. This meticulously researched, provocative, and wonderfully written book by Mark Pendergrast, an enormously important contributor to the repressed memory debate, will certainly make them see another side. Maybe they will think twice.”

— Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, author, The Myth of Repressed Memory and other books.

The Most Hated Man in America tells a truly remarkable story.  In all the media coverage the Sandusky case has received, it’s amazing that no one else has noticed or written about so many of these things, including all the ‘memories’ that were retrieved through therapy and litigation. One would think that the sheer insanity of so much of this will have to eventually come out.”

–Richard A. Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco, author, Police Interrogation and American Justice and The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four

“Virtually everybody knows with certainty that Jerry Sandusky is a serial child molester. He was, after all, found guilty by a jury of his peers. But what if what we think we know about Sandusky is at least in some ways incorrect? Regardless of their ultimate conclusions, readers will find The Most Hated Man in America to be thoughtful and provocative, addressing questions that deserve to be asked in a just society.”

–Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D. Director, The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Independent scholar and science writer Mark Pendergrast is the author of many critically acclaimed, deeply researched works of non-fiction, including Memory WarpThe Repressed Memory Epidemic, Victims of Memory, Uncommon Grounds, Inside the Outbreaks, Mirror Mirror, and For God, Country and Coca-Cola, among others. He lives in Vermont and can be reached through his website, www.markpendergrast.com

by Mark Pendergrast
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067659
400 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse
LAW / Legal History

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Dream expert Anna-Karin Bjorklund releases new book about her travels to India entitled “The Dream Alchemist”

Dream expert Anna-Karin Bjorklund releases new book about her travels to India entitled “The Dream Alchemist”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sunbury Press has released The Dream Alchemist: A woman’s search for love, bliss, and freedom across India, time, and dreams by Anna-Karin Bjorklund under its Ars Metaphysica imprint.

About the Book:

On the outside her life looks picture perfect. She has an admirable career with adventurous travels around the world, but on the inside she is consumed by a restless anxiety, and yearns for something more in her life. Listening to an inner calling, she sets off on an intrepid adventure to southern India, where she hopes to find golden bliss. In The Dream Alchemist, Anna-Karin Bjorklund gives a refreshing, moving and humorous account of her personal story. Through her enticing writing we get to partake in her remarkable journey first hand, and experience the miraculous freedom that comes from stepping into our power, listening to our dreams, and believing in ourselves. A charming story of love and devotion, this delightful memoir is filled with laughter, mystery, and golden treasures.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A life-long dreamer, Anna-Karin Bjorklund is an internationally renowned dream expert and writer, and is also the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire. She joyously shares her passion for dreams and soul growth with audiences near and far, and has been interviewed by major magazines, and appeared on Fox News and The Steve Harvey TV Show.

Anna-Karin loves traveling and exploring other cultures and has lived in five countries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Orange, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Anna-Karin is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams where she currently serves as Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board. Originally from Sweden, she resides in Southern California with her daughter and their bi-lingual French Bulldog.

by Anna-Karin Bjorklund
ARS METAPHYSICA
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .6
9781620060353
180 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth
TRAVEL / Asia / India & South Asia

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Saint Gabriel’s basketball recalled by Joe Farley in new book “Trumpet Call to Victory”

Saint Gabriel’s basketball recalled by Joe Farley in new book “Trumpet Call to Victory”

HAZLETON, PA – Sunbury Press has released Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazleton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball by Joe Farley.

About the Book:

In the spirit of the movie HoosiersTrumpet Call to Victory tells the story of a small parochial high school located in the Pennsylvania coalfields that reached the summit of basketball glory in the late 1960s. Glorious victories and heartbreaking defeats are chronicled on Saint Gabriel’s path to capturing multiple state championships. Unsung heroes and scholastic superstars take center stage during what, in the last five years of the school’s existence, can only be described as a ‘golden age.’ The feats of the greatest player in the region’s history are chronicled as is the beginning of a career for a coach who arranged to have a young Bobby Knight address his state championship team at the school’s sports banquet. That coach, Richard “Digger” Phelps, recently recalled his first head coaching job in a tweet which read, “St. Gabes was my first step to ND. They made it happen.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JOE FARLEY was born and raised in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the last class to graduate from Hazleton Saint Gabriel’s High School where he demonstrated his academic prowess by graduating thirty-seventh in his class of forty. While attending Saint Gabriel’s, Mr. Farley was the starting point guard on the school’s 1970 state championship basketball team. He then attended Bloomsburg State University where, after four dimly remembered years, he graduated with a degree in education.

In 1975 Mr. Farley began a 35-year career working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After his retirement in 2010, he began work on the Keystone Tombstone series with his co-author Joe Farrell. To date, there are thirteen volumes in that series. Farley and Farrell also authored Gotham Graves volumes one and two. Mr. Farley also penned Song Poems in Search of Music, which was released in 2014.

He and his wife Sharon reside in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. They have three children.

by Joe Farley
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620067635
336 Pages
SPORTS & RECREATION / Basketball
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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John Hoptak’s “Dear Ma: The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock” has been released by Sunbury Press

John Hoptak’s “Dear Ma: The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock” has been released by Sunbury Press

POTTSVILLE, PA – Sunbury Press has released Dear Ma – The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock: First Defender and First Lieutenant, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry by John Hoptak.

About the Book:

Curtis Clay Pollock served bravely with the 48th Pennsylvania, one of the Civil War’s most famous fighting regiments, from the regiment’s organization in September 1861 until his mortal wounding at the Battle of Petersburg in June 1864, participating in the regiment’s many campaigns in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee and seeing action at some of the war’s most sanguinary battles, including 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Knoxville. Prior to his service in the 48th, Pollock also served as a member of the Washington Artillery, a Pottsville-based militia company that marched off to war in response to President Lincoln’s first call-to-arms in April 1861 and a company that would have the distinction of being among the very first Northern volunteer units to arrive in Washington following the outbreak of war, reaching the capital on the evening of April 18, 1861, after coming under attack in the streets of Baltimore. In recognition of their timely response and prompt arrival in the capital, Pollock and the other members of the Washington Artillery, would be among those who earned the proud title of First Defender.

All throughout his time in uniform—from the day after he first arrived in Washington with the First Defenders until a few days before receiving his fatal wound at Petersburg—Curtis Pollock wrote letters home. Many of these letters were written to his younger siblings, some were addressed to his father. Most, however, were written to his mother, Emily, whom he affectionately referred to as his “Dear Ma.” Fortunately, many of these letters survive and are held today in the archives of the Historical Society of Schuylkill County in Pottsville. The letters of Curtis Pollock provide us with a window to view the history and experiences of one of the war’s most famous and most well-traveled regiments—the 48thPennsylvania—a regiment that served in many theaters of the war, under many different commanders, and in many of the war’s largest and bloodiest battles; a regiment that endured many battlefield defeats as well as many battlefield triumphs. More than this, though, Pollock’s letters home enable us to gain a further glimpse of the war from the inside. They chronicle and document the actions, the experiences, and the thoughts of a brave young man, who like so many others, volunteered his services and ultimately gave his life fighting in defense of his nation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John Hoptak is a Civil War author and historian with a master’s degree in history from Lehigh University. For the past eleven years, he has been employed as a Park Ranger with the National Park Service first at Antietam National Battlefield and currently at Gettysburg National Military Park. He is the author of several Civil War history books, including “The Battle of South Mountain” (History Press, 2011), “Confrontation at Gettysburg” (History Press, 2012), “First in Defense of the Union” (AuthorHouse, 2004), and “Antietam: September 17, 1862” (Western Maryland Interpretive Association, 2011). In addition, John is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in such publications as “America’s Civil War,” “Civil War Times,” and “Pennsylvania Heritage.” Hoptak is also a frequent lecturer at Civil War roundtables and other organizations across much of the eastern United States, from Atlanta, Georgia, Lexington, Kentucky, and Rockville, Connecticut. To date, he has delivered over fifty such lectures. John has also appeared in several Civil War documentaries, including the recent “Blood and Fury” series for the American Heroes Channel as well as some PBS shows.

A native of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and lifelong student of the Civil War, John’s primary focus has been on the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry and the role of his native area during the conflict.

by John Hoptak
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068007
310 Pages
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

BUFFALO, NY – Sunbury Press has released The Ripper’s Hellbroth by Michael L. Hawley under its Hellbender Books imprint.

About the Book:

 

Western New York is under siege from a serial killer who seems to be following in the footsteps of the most famous fiend of them all – Jack the Ripper. The Niagara Falls Serial Killer Task Force calls in none other than the Watchmaker, a detective sleuth par excellence. The Watchmaker, FBI’s chief scientist Dr. Edward Dunham knew at once there was something strange about this killer. When he discovers the fiend’s immortal agenda, giving the case its first break in what seemed to be an unsolvable situation, he blows the case wide open with a prediction of where the killer will strike next. They begin their deadly cat and mouse game, then one of the killer’s intended victims, a college sophomore, and her younger brother bestow a gift on the Watchmaker, although, when he locks horns with the killer, Dunham’s not prepared for the outcome. All is not lost. The Watchmaker knows his secret, a secret that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Hawley holds a master’s degree in invertebrate paleontology and secondary science education from the State University of New York, College of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Michigan State University. He has published ten research articles in RipperologistWhitechapel Society Journal, and Casebook Examiner. He is the author of Curse of the Bayou Beast (fiction, 2015), Jack’s Lantern (fiction, 2014), The Ripper’s Hellbroth (fiction, 2013), and Searching for Truth with a Broken Flashlight (nonfiction, 2010). He has been involved in genealogical research since 1992, which ultimately led to his interest in Ripperology research. He is a commander and naval aviator in the U.S. Navy (retired), and is currently enjoying a career as a secondary earth science and chemistry teacher at Tonawanda City High School. He resides with his wife and six children in Greater Buffalo, New York.

by Michael Hawley
HELLBENDER BOOKS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068359
286 Pages
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

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J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released Three Rogues in Gettysburg by J. Geoffrey Barber under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

There would be no monuments for these Johnnies…just charity from the hand and heart of a Quaker maiden.

A historic photograph of three Rebel prisoners at Gettysburg has long been a familiar icon of the Civil War. Yet we have wondered whatever became of those three soldiers, their identities seemingly lost forever. Inspired by their images captured by an unknown photographer, Three Rogues in Gettysburg is the story of three such prisoners who pose before a box camera while eluding their Yankee captors. Each will make his own discreet departure from the battle-scarred town, but not before first encountering Hannah Strumn, a forsaken Quaker mother of two young sons, Seth 12 and Jonathan 3.

What begins with a charitable cup of water will develop into a prolonged stay for the wayfarer named Vergil. The chemistry between him and the wary Hannah grows fonder with each event-filled day on the Strumn farm. Both have secrets which neither wishes to divulge in spite of circumstances that beg for explanations. Hannah is curious to know something about the dead Yankee whose diary Vergil has placed in her care. Vergil, however, desperately would like to know more about the prize horses the family keeps hidden on the property. There is also the question of Hannah’s marital state—where is the man-of-the-house whom she refers to as Jeduthun, or Mr. Strumn?

Inadvertently Vergil will gleam information from young Jonathan, who happens to mention the nocturnal comings and goings of black people to the house. Vergil surmises that Hannah’s domicile is a mercy station on the Underground Railroad. He will become the family guardian when he fatally fends off a devious Yankee sheriff, who assaults Hannah and threatens to arrest her for aiding the enemy and harboring slaves. Later, with Seth’s help, Vergil will set a trap for a despicable slave owner who arrives, with two baying hounds, to reclaim his fleet-footed property. In the end, Vergil, his thirst quenched and wearing a new suit of clothes sewn by Hannah, rides away on a gleaming black steed. He carries with him provisions from Hannah’s pantry—as well as a piece of her heart and the promise to return.

An epilogue, written in the first-person alleging to be a descendant of Vergil, lends the fiction a sense of reality while exploring themes of ancestry and lost personal identity. For families of Civil War soldiers, news of the death of a family member was heart-wrenching. Worse still, however, was to have never learned the fate of a missing loved one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

James G. Barber is a historian and curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His research interests include the portraiture of the Jacksonian and Civil War eras, and the American presidency. He is the project coordinator for the Smithsonian’s popular Civil War Web site, CivilWar@Smithsonian. In observance of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, he was an editorial consultant for two Smithsonian books, The Civil War: A Visual History(DK, 2011), and Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection (Smithsonian, 2013). He is the curator of the Portrait Gallery’s TIME magazine collection of more than 2,000 works of original cover art.

Barber was born in Washington, DC, and is a life-long Alexandrian. With family roots in Carlisle and New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, his early memories include car trips passing through Pickett’s charge on the Emmitsburg Road.

by J. Geoffrey Barber
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 5.5 x 8.5 x .7
9781620068052
216 Pages
Fiction / Historical

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