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Book 2 of the Shiloh Series, A Certain Death


The battle at Pittsburg Landing altered the course of the war in the west and changed the lives of thousands who fought there and survived.

Will Hunter's pursuit of higher command has been interrupted by his capture, the fault of his jealous commanding officer. Stuck far behind enemy lines with little hope for exchange, escape seems improbable. Neither high prison walls nor hundreds of miles of Ohio backwoods trails will keep him from trying.

Philip Pearson survived Shiloh but wonders if his luck will hold much longer. Pursuing reinstatement in the Methodist Episcopal Church brings him full circle: his battlefield experience calling him back to the collar he left behind. Only convincing the bishop of Dayton and surviving the coming assaults on Corinth stand in his way of a chaplaincy.

Ohio, far from the theaters of war, will test both men's ambitions and trust in their fellow man.

A Certain Death is a story of aftermaths, what happened to those soldiers who were left standing after Shiloh's guns fell silent.
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I always try to include some small historical happening in my novels, something little known or of small significance that it is glossed over by the histories. On May 6th and 7th, 1862 a torrential rain fell along the Tennesee River valley that caused a delay in the movements of the Union armies making their way towards the Confederate stronghold of Corinth, MS. The creeks rose, destroying pontoon bridges and washing away corduroy roads and cutting off parts of the army.

This area of the country is cut by numerous creeks and low lying land that is marshy in the spring and summer time, making moving an army through it difficult. The advent of the rain and the delay it caused is dramatized in A Certain Death. The event was nothing more than a footnote in the official records, but afforded opportunity for some drama and tragedy in the story.

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Many civilians took the measure of signing volunteer papers in 1861 because they wanted adventure or wanted to serve the ideals represented by their states as either Confederate or those who did not refute their Union identities.

Some volunteered and stayed the course to end slavery or preserve it, in general a minority on both sides. The majority volunteered and served for their countries survival. All, however, experienced danger and privation for their pards. For freedom or for country, someone might consider dying. For their comrades all might consider dying. The draw of the common experience and bonding that soldiers experienced kept men coming back after wounds or sickness to those whom they left behind. Even though death might have been certain, to continue serving with your comrades was what cemented those bonds.


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When a battle has been decided, the survivors pick themselves back up and carry on with what has been left them. Some will waste away in a hospital, some in a prisoner of war camp and the majority will have to cope with friends and family who have fallen.

The armies move on to the next strategic and tactical goal, but the soldiers have to carry on with their duty as if nothing has happened.

A Certain Death is the carrying on after another of the national traumas that was a civil war battle. All things stem from common experiences, a battle and serving in the army was what drew the bonds of comradeship together.


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As battles went, Shiloh was but a portent of what was to come later in the year. 1862 still held the optimisim of a short war but the casualty lists produced by two days of unrelenting combat woke many to the fallacy of that hope.

The aftermath leaves the survivors wondering if luck is about to run out and the adventure of war more than anyone bargained for. From POW compound to the swamps of northern Mississippi, A Certain Death follows behind the burial crews and the maraching columns to carry the story forward.


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FREE today 5/25.

In Shiloh's aftermath, two soldiers have their lives turned upside down by capture and survival. Deep in the woods of Ohio's rural farmland six Confederate soldiers are trying to make it to the Ohio River and freedom, but the yankees and some of their number have other plans.


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The fighting that took place at Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh) on April 6 and 7 1862 shocked the nation. Never before had the tally of war deaths for a two day battle been so high with over 23,000 dead, wounded, missing, and captured been presented to the populace. Never before had the fighting been so ferocious and unrelenting as for sixteen hours the Confederates under Albert Sidney Johnston pressed and pushed Ulysses S. Grant's soldiers to the brink of the Tennessee River and their last lifeline.

For those who survived the fighting on those terrible days, the prospect of worse to come was for some unpalatable. For Philip Pearson, it was unconscionable. Finding a new spirit of renewal as he ministered to the dying there was the hope that he might find refuge in seeking a chaplaincy instead of carrying a musket.

For William Hunter, it was a long and sad ride back up the Tennessee as a POW and a long march through the wilds of Ohio to a prisoner of war stockade.

Death seems far away in Ohio as both men find themselves entangled in a fight for survival far away from the theaters of war.


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When the fighting ceases around the little church at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee river called Shiloh, the soldiers of both armies carry on and mark another day served in the war. Though the plans for Grant's army were rearranged by the confederate attack, the combining of Buell's Army of the Ohio sets both forces in motion by the end of the month and the survivors have barely time to catch their breath before the sound of the long roll echoes about the camps.

For those taken captive at Shiloh, a long road to Camp Chase awaits and the speculation of parole or exchange occupies the thoughts while those more impatient are working out a way to escape and make it to Kentucky, 300 miles through Ohio wilderness. A Certain Death is an exploration of the home front and federal POW system where the good guys and the bad guys are not necessarily always in blue or grey and death can happen in an Ohio wood.


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An engagement is a meeting of chance, luck, and of major consequence in the lives of the soldiers thrust into the maelstrom. Afterwards, it is a delicate process to pick up the shattered lives and press on once it is understood what war really is. For the survivors of Shiloh it was either retreat, lick wounds and prepare for the next campaign, or off to a prisoner of war compound. For several, death would seem to be far and away from the back woods of Ohio, the certainty of death of old age or disease alone. Death follows war no matter where one is.


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What happens when the guns fall silent? The survivors carry on with orders if they are left in command of the field or march away to carry on another day. Book #2 of the Shiloh Series follows the survivors of Shiloh into their next campaigns and carrying on with the loss of friends and family.


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