The book also looks at the experiences of a Cherokee man to illuminate the difficult position Native Americans found themselves in, and a downtrodden Georgia man’s struggles with the emotional impact of war.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
History books are filled with accounts of Civil War armies, troops and battle tactics, but its impact goes far beyond the battlefield. In his new novel, “Broken Valley: A Wartime Story of Isolation, Fear and Hope in a Remote East Tennessee Valley” (published by iUniverse), author Gregory L. Wade examines how the Civil War affected average people in their day-to-day lives and describes the conflict that existed between families with different allegiances.
“It wasn’t all black and white with some families having members who served on either side,” says Wade. “Not only did people have the usual struggles to survive off the land, they had the war and lawlessness to contend with.”
Set primarily in Sequatchie Valley, an area tucked in between the Cumberland Plateau and Walden’s Ridge near Chattanooga, Tennessee, “Broken Valley” centers on William Barker and his son, Will Jr. Readers see the world through their eyes, as the man and his teenage son cope with the confusion and uncertainty caused by the Civil War.
The book also looks at the experiences of a Cherokee man to illuminate the difficult position Native Americans found themselves in, and a downtrodden Georgia man’s struggles with the emotional impact of war. The characters’ interactions show how common lumbermen, farmers and millers found ways to get along in spite of their political differences.
By Gregory L. Wade
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781491725023
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781491725016
E-Book | ISBN 9781491725030
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Gregory L. Wade is active in historic preservation and served on Tennessee nonprofit boards to help raise $10 million, preserving over 115 acres of Civil War battleground. He has written for several history-related publications including The Civil War News, Sea Classics and North South. He also has written numerous book reviews and columns and currently is a columnist for the local Franklin online newspaper, The Franklin Home Page. In 2008, he started the Franklin Civil War Round Table, which presents nationally known scholars and authors for monthly presentations.
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