SAM IS LIVE @ Amazon.com!
THE OLD COOTS: Sam is done and available at Amazon.com in both hard copies and ebook form. Sam's gone from Tennessee as a young man to Missouri, has fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, had several encounters with raiders from both sides of the border, and made his way back to Tennessee where he'll join up with the 14th Tennessee Volunteers andfight at Gettysburg. Why did I take him back to Tennessee and have him end of up at Gettysburg? Sometimes I have no choice. I set up Sam's backstory in MAGGIE several years ago, with no intention of doing a book on Sam OR Tom, but now I've headed down that road and have to follow true to my path. It's always an interesting path, though. So look for THE OLD COOTS: Sam at my first event, GOOD OLE DAYS in Fort Scott, Kansas on June 6th or at POPLAR HEIGHTS FARM on June 14th and 15th in Butler, MO, all day both days. This year they're having a Civil War theme, which, of course, falls right into my storylines and should be LOTS of fun! I think they may even have some re-enactors there!
I have a special thanks for Brian Payne of the 14th Tennessee Volunteers who helped me a great deal with getting Sam from Clarksville to Guiney's Station to enlist with the 14th Tennessee so he could fight at Gettysburg, as well as other places the 14th fought.
BELOW IS MY FIRST REVIEW FOR THE OLD COOTS: Sam! I'm clapping and crying at the same time.
My name is Brian Payne, and I’ve been a “War of Northern Aggression” reenactor for 16 years now as a Member of the 14th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, as well as an artillery Battery commander with Parker’s Virginia Battery. I am the administrator for both the 14th Tennessee and Parker’s Battery Facebook pages. Several months ago, I was contacted on the 14th Tennessee’s Facebook page by D.L. Rogers asking for information on the 14th . She explained that she was researching the 14th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry so as to include the Unit in a new book she was writing. I could tell from our initial FB conversation, as well as our telephone conversations that came later, that she was really committed to being as factual as possible in the chapters of her book that deals with the 14th. Over the years we (as 1 of only 2 reenactor groups in the country that portray the 14th Tennessee) have been asked for assistance with many projects, in both film and books, and we are always very careful about what we agree to be associated with due to our fierce loyalty and devotion to those men we honor, and how they will appear in these projects once they are completed. I felt from the very beginning of my association with Diane that she was absolutely committed to accurately portraying these men as they really were. I was honored to assist her throughout the process by giving advice and some historically accurate facts concerning the 14th from 1862 Winter camp, through the Battle of Gettysburg, and to a smaller extent, to the end of the War. After completing the book, she asked me to review it and give her my thoughts. She graciously sent me an autographed copy to read, and I must say, I had a real problem putting the book down once I started to read. The main character joins the 14th Tennessee in time to fight at the Battle of Gettysburg, and she does a terrific job in describing the destructive and deadly carnage that these men had to endure near that small Pennsylvania town in July of 1863. I must say not only did I enjoy the chapters covering Sam’s experiences in the 14th, but I found the entire book captivating in the sense that the reader feels as though he/she is actually there experiencing all the things that Sam is going through. I am so glad she contacted me and asked for assistance in this project, and after seeing the finished product, I’m proud to be associated with it in a very small way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has found true love during life’s journey, still enjoys reading a book that is hard to put down once started, and would like to take a trip back to the 1860’s to a simpler, and terrible, time in the history of this great country!
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Sam Whitmore hates slavery. Turning his back on his slave-holding family, he purchases a run-down tobacco plantation with the hope of someday making it a success. Freeing Horace and Jefferson, the slaves who came with what he now calls Summerset, they become Sam’s new family...
Until the night he meets Ellie Baker and his life changes forever. Ellie believed what Sam believed and upon their marriage, she happily stays in Tennessee to help him make Summerset a success. The first few years Sam’s dreams are realized, but soon after the weather deserts him, leaving a worthless property and a wife who wants only to return home with their two children—to Missouri.
The next ten years are prosperous, until the Missouri/Kansas border explodes in violence, a precursor of the coming Civil War.
From Missouri to Tennessee, Virginia, Gettysburg, and finally Appomattox, against all he believes, Sam fights for the southern cause—to soothe the burning need for revenge that burns in his belly—and costs him almost everything.
Read the complete first chapter here.