My second book, The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly: a Story of the American Civil War, is ready for sale. A school teacher and a pacifist, Kendall Everly pits himself against the war, saddened by the fleeting innocence of his students and the purity he feels that innocence personifies. ultimately, Everly embraces the Union effort and enlists, a noble effort to protect the youth he knows will soon understand the terrible realities of blood and steel. Yet, the war and its horrors envelop him, transform him into a man he no longer knows or recognizes. Below, I’ve included a selection from the book.
If you enjoy history and a good story, I’m sure you’ll enjoy my book. Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War is also available for purchase.
I hope to use this blog to share my adventures (speaking events and signings) with anyone who is interested. I also hope to document the development of my third book. More to follow soon.
Now, here’s a selction from my new book.
July 17, 1861
Everly, snapped the general,
find a soldier to slap, and slap him…
then slap the boys next to him.
Confederate trash is walking close.
I can smell’em and I want every
nose sniffing with me. I want
you sniffing with me. Understand?
The regiment twisted through green hills
rising and falling like swells
on a waking sea. Soldiers stepped
two by two, muskets propped
against their shoulders, marching
as my son marches to church
and school. Mr. Everly, called one.
It’s me, Tommy VanLenten. It was indeed.
His eyes greeted mine as a boy’s
would greet his father’s. I was his teacher.
Think we’re in for a roll and a ruckus?
Little Tommy, how you struggled
with your spelling. Lieutenant, soldier,
I blasted. I am your` lieutenant. Now shut
your mouth and march.
There’s a beast about.
- I’ll Be There: Civil War Encampment (thelintinmypocket.wordpress.com)