Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette

Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday's Muse with Linda Nightingale

I am very please to welcome, Linda Nightingale, 
to feature Monday Muse this week! 

The Battle of Antietam
by Linda Nightingale
In 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.
The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, occurred on September 17, 1862 and was the first to be fought on Northern soil. This horrible engagement was the single bloodiest battle in American history. Antietam derives its name from Antietam Creek.

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

Something of a wanderer, I suppose, I was born in South Carolina and have lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and in the Houston area. I’ve seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian horses for many years.
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Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict. 

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?


  1. Nice to have you here today, Linda! Your post was interesting. Wishing you all the best with your new release!

  2. What a great concept for a story, and sounds like it will include lots of historical facts which I truly enjoy and appreciate.

    1. Thanks, Gini, for dropping by and commenting. I had to laugh at the first 2 sentences. My grandfather wasn't killed at a Civil War battle. The character was. Little confusion there.

  3. Thanks for letting me relax and Monday muse with you, Darlene. Sorry I'm late in thanking you. Had a long doctor's adventure today.