That war is terrible. It is not romantic, not full of glory. It is mean and nasty, but in our case necessary.
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At the end of the book you include educational material on black soldiers in the Civil War. What do you hope including this will teach others?
That African-Americans were ready and willing to pitch in and help in the fight for their freedom. They did, by the thousands.
After 40 years as a communications systems engineer with the federal government, you retired as director of engineering, Radio Free Europe, in Munich, Germany. How was the transition from your work to writing a children's book?
Easy. I've been a student of the Civil War for 50 years, and active in writing and re-enacting for a long time.
The dedication reads to your brother, Tom Law. Tell us about him and why you chose to dedicate this book to him.
Tom was a Civil War drummer par excellence. He made and sold drums of superior quality. He restored original Civil War drums. He critiqued my manuscript for accuracy. Tom passed away July 18, 2012.
Is your book available in bookstores in our area? Where? If not, how can a reader buy a copy of the book?
Can be purchased directly from the publisher or directly from me (save shipping and handling). I will hand deliver or they can be picked up at my home: 10945 Hartle Drive, Hagerstown. Call 301-824-7103.
— By Crystal Schelle, Lifestyle editor