In my series, the lead character, Josh Eldridge, is a former Confederate soldier who was captured in late summer of 1864 and captured during the Siege of Petersburg and was carried to the Union POW prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. After the war, he makes a huge success of himself and becomes a tugboat skipper with the help of an older mentor and later a Methodist minister. He combines his work to feed his family and make them a good life with his devotion to God and despite many roadblocks along the way, he does excellent work and is highly respected. But in the final book, nearing fifty (which was considered old age in those days), Josh reads an article in the Norfolk paper about an other Civil War veteran, former Sergeant Charles T. Loehr of Richmond, who also spent time at Point Lookout, but after the surrender of Lee. Josh had known men were kept imprisoned there after the war for several months, but now he realized he needed to neet this man and fill in the puzzle of why after all these years. So, in the fall of 1891, he departs his home on the Outer Banks with his wife and another couple and travels to Richmond to seek Loehr out. It will be his final step to remove the horrors of war from his mind and ease his soul.
So, why did I decide to do this? Well, here's the reason. You see, being of Southern heritage myself, with a maternal great-grandfather who spent the last half year of the war in that prison, I think it's important for all to know that it was not just the South who held prisoners in rancid, often deadly, conditions. After all much has been made about Andersonville, the Confederate POW facility, including documentaries, movies and books. But we never hear about facilities in the North like Point Lookout, which was truly horrific, or Elmira in New York which some say was worse. And I think it's good for us to realize that in war atrocities take place on both sides of the battlefield for in war, brutality wins the day when men are subjected for months and years to nothing but ongoing carnage. And there's another thing important for history, since most of the combatants for the South had never experienced slavery except to work alongside slaves in the fields, for war is fought by the common man, not the elites, excepting a small number. The South, which, of course, needed manpower on the farms, could have never had slaves had the Northern banks not readily financed the trade and the shipping for them. And isn't is also nice to realize that the greatest experiment in free governance in the world recognized the error of its ways and ended it. Yes, it was a struggle, but changing lifestyle habits is always difficult, but if we want to survive and excel as the land of the free, shouldn't we realize just what a positive action that was instead of changing history to keep the anger and hostility growing? If you believe as I do, I think you might enjoy my books and when this last one is soon finished, it will also be available as are the others at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle Unlimited e-book format. Just copy and past the link to your browser and see all of my books here: