Richard Barlow Adams Delivers Civil War Historical Fiction

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New book introduces readers to West Point cadets on the eve of the American Civil War

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Adams takes readers into an authentic story about Pelham and a small group of young men in the Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on the cusp of the Civil War.

The American Civil War has provided the setting for many historical fiction novels. While typical players in these books are the well known figures such as Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Irvin McDowell and Thomas Jackson, the new book by Richard Barlow Adams, “The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War” (published by iUniverse), mines the annals of history to produce a captivating story about an important, albeit lesser known Confederate soldier: http:// John Pelham.

It is July 18, 1861 in Winchester, Virginia. The Civil War has begun, and Lieutenant John Pelham, formerly of the West Point Class of 1861, is about to play a pivotal role in the First Battle of Bull Run.

Adams takes readers into an authentic story about Pelham and a small group of young men in the Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on the cusp of the Civil War. As the confident Pelham immerses himself in West Point, both his life and his beloved country undergo substantial change. While Pelham and his classmates witness the unraveling of the Union and the birth of the Confederacy, Pelham meets Clara Bolton, a Philadelphian belle who captures his heart – all while Pelham and his compatriots are preparing for the reality of combat.

Told against the backdrop of slavery and states’ rights, the Democratic and Republican Parties, the fire-eaters of the South and the abolitionists of the North, “The Parting” portrays how profoundly historical events divided West Point’s graduating class of 1861 on the eve of the Civil War, changing their lives forever.

“The Parting” has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success.

About the Author
Richard Barlow Adams is a West Point graduate, former adjunct assistant professor, Vietnam veteran, Army aviator, consulting engineer and ski instructor. In recent years, he has been ensconced in the Special Collections Department of the West Point Library researching “The Parting.” He and his wife divide their time between Sandestin, Florida and Denver, Colorado.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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