I am very please to welcome, Linda Nightingale,
to feature Monday Muse this week!
The Battle of Antietam
by Linda NightingaleIn Her General in Gray, John Sibley Allen (my grandfather’s real name) is the hero. He was a Confederate General killed at the Battle of Antietam. The culprit was one of his own soldiers, a turncoat without the courage to face certain death.
At dawn, Union forces mounted an assault on Lee's left flank, attacks and counter-attacks sweeping across Miller's Cornfield and churning around Dunker Church. Union soldiers finally pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal troops did not follow-up on their advantage. Later, however Major General Burnside took a stone bridge spanning the creek and advanced on the southern forces’ right. Lee’s soldiers were outnumbered 2 to 1, his men suffering crippling casualties.
I guess being a South Carolinian I’d call the battle the Battle of Sharpsburg. Yes, I’m a southern girl, but notice not once did I say ‘Yankee’.
The heroine Autumn thinks of the hero ‘a man who’d ridden into battle in his gray coat, into a doomed fate from a doomed society, still a lovely moment in the passage of the years.’
Let's get to know a little about Linda and her new book,
Her General in Gray
Author Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com
John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.
After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?