Author Louise Taylor-Streu Focuses on Civilian Life during Civil War

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‘The Ghosts of Furnace Mountain’ combines real-life events with richly-drawn fictional characters.

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The history of this area ignited a spark to express the civilian side of life during the Civil War.

Author Louise Taylor-Streu brings the Civil War era to life using real locations and events with fictional characters in her new historical fiction “The Ghosts of Furnace Mountain” (published by Trafford Publishing).

South of the Mason-Dixon Line, the state of Virginia was the scene of many Civil War skirmishes. Not only were the enlisted soldiers impacted, but many civilians spent their time protecting their families, land and livestock.

“The Ghosts of Furnace Mountain” picks up after Garfield Taylor and his family had been living in northern Virginia for a couple of years. Elizabeth, his wife, was pregnant when he submitted a request for a land grant. The family lived on the property, awaiting final approval from the government. In the meantime, two of the Taylor sons were conscripted to fight in the Confederate army soon after the family had begun clearing the land. The family was devastated; they’d had such high hopes for a new life in Virginia. In no time, the land where they built their first home was soon occupied by military forces.

“The idea for this book came to me during a trip to visit my son, who loves to act as a tourist guide, we visited several battle sites in the Northern Virginia area and in the state of Maryland,” Taylor-Streu writes. “The history of this area ignited a spark to express the civilian side of life during the Civil War.”

“The Ghosts of Furnace Mountain”
By Louise Taylor-Streu
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781466975545
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781466975552
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781466975538
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Louise Taylor-Streu was born during the Great Depression and spent her youth in small-town Michigan. She began writing in earnest after her children completed college and started their own life stories. She is also the author of “The Sand Castle.”

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