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About the author:
Jack W. Lewis has had a forty-year career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and a consulting marine engineer. He received his engineering degrees at the United States Coast Guard Academy and MIT. Throughout his adult lifetime, he has maintained a strong interest in Civil War history. His many writings have covered both engineering and historical topics. This is his first novel.
A novel of the Civil War in western Virginia (Children of the Storm Book 1)
Jack W. Lewis
Based on a true story, this first of a trilogy of Civil War novels
chronicles the fateful events of 1861 in western Virginia, as a young man
learns to cope with his world turned upside down by war.
It is April of 1861. The shocking events at Fort Sumter are
having devastating effects on Alexander Swaney, living on his family farm
in Pennsylvania just a few miles north of the border with western Virginia.
He watches as Virginia fights its own civil war, as the disaffected western
counties, long neglected by Richmond, attempt to secede from the rest of
the state. Their political struggle produces the first land conflicts of
the larger War of the Rebellion, involving the future military giants
George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee fighting in the
rugged mountains of western Virginia, soon to be a new state.
As events sweep Alexander along in their path, he struggles to
maintain some control over his destiny. Should he volunteer to join the
Union army and fight to preserve the and he loves, but leave behind the
girl he hopes to marry, as well as his family, at the mercy of marauders
and bushwhackers? Adding to Alexander’s confusion is the fact that
Sophia isn’t sure she’s ready to marry him, and a rival for her
affections is on the scene in the form of his cousin Tip, a rake who has
had his eye on Sophia.
Fortunately, Alexander has a close friend in Harry Hagans, a
young pastor who also feels the call to arms from his desire to bring an
end to slavery. As the storms of war bear down on them, Harry and Alexander
share a convoluted journey, ultimately arriving at their military home, the
1st Regiment of Loyal Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, later to become the 1st
West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry. Along the way, their friendship is
threatened when Harry reveals a dark secret that shakes Alexander’s
trust. A detailed glimpse into a portion of Civil War history largely
unknown, Storm Coming is a luminous story of a young man’s
coming of age and the birth of a new state out of the storms of war.
- Publication Date:
- 098971392X / 9780989713924
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Historical / General