Sinking Spring, PA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
The years before the Civil War were rife with struggle as America was torn apart by the question of slavery and, in the West, Native Americans found themselves displaced by white families terrified of the people they believed to be “savages.” Silas Stillman Soule, whose story is documented in this new book, was born in the middle of this turmoil to parents who were fierce abolitionists. Eventually, the Soule family decided to set out for the rich land of the West, eager to fight the evils of slavery, something Silas was as passionate as about his parents. He and his family housed runaway slaves at their home, a frequently used stop on the Underground Railroad. Also blessed with an adventuresome spirit, he crossed paths with John Brown and his men, as well as Confederate soldiers in New Mexico, and eventually found himself making a fateful decision in Colorado.
His deep convictions were coupled with a strong moral courage; the young Union soldier Silas Soule refused to participate in a well-documented brutal massacre against a large number of Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children. Scorned by others for his stand, he was murdered six months later, amid rumors of premeditated assassination, by a fellow soldier who escaped justice and ironically died a hero four years later. Though his life was brief, it was incredibly full, and he is remembered by the grateful tribes who honor strength of character.
Silas Soule: A Short, Eventful Life of Moral Courage is a fascinating tale about a man who has been all but lost to history. The story of Silas Soule is unusual; not simply for his impressive reserves of courage, but for the brevity of his life and the amount of heroism that his life contained. Author Tom Bensing earned history degrees from Penn State and Millersville University and he has spent the previous seven years studying the history of the Sand Creek massacre, which led him to the incredible story of Silas Soule.
For additional information, please visit http://www.SilasSoule.com.
Silas Soule: A Short, Eventful Life of Moral Courage
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1391-6 217 pages $14.95 US
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