The war was supposed to be over by Christmas of 1861 but would grind on for four long years. Henry Marts was 19 years old when he defied his Quaker faith and answered the call from President Lincoln to defend the Union, fully expecting to be home in a matter of months. A seaman by trade, Henry enlists in the newly formed Third Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. It would soon become part of the famed Jersey Brigade. Henry and his fellow soldiers in the Jersey Brigade would experience some of the most horrific fighting of any war in any era: Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Crampton’s Gap/South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. It would be on Laurel Hill at Spotsylvania Courthouse that Henry would face his enemies and inner demons in one final struggle… Historical fiction: based on the life of Henry W. Marts. First in the Civil War Series “Toe the Mark.”
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“A Smooth, Believable Read”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Howard Young
Reading through this realistic historical novella, I found myself wondering two things: Would a young soldier be able to ignore his family’s Quaker teachings to fight for the Union he believed in; and would he go home from the brutal war so changed that his sweetheart would not recognize him, the innocent young man she had loved? I was satisfied to get my answers, and along the way had a good read. The author is especially good with description that helps you believe you are there, on the spot.
About the Author
Ruth Ochs Webster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, a city on the Ohio River. She has long been fascinated by the stories inherent in American history, particularly those of Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, the founding of the nation, and the Civil War.
Ruth spent most of her adult life teaching history and language arts to students of middle childhood age. She has freelanced as a columnist, essayist, and feature story writer for newspapers; published memoir and fiction in journals and magazines; and written an inspirational blog. She enjoys both genealogical and historical research.
Ruth resides in Metro-Pittsburgh, near the confluence of the two rivers that form the Ohio.
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