“Rocky Water” is the story of two men drawn together by their opposition to secession and the Civil War. One man, James Croswell immigrates to America from Liverpool, England, with his wife, and establishes a successful life in New Orleans. As the prospects of war increase, they give it all up to flee to a more-peaceful place. They travel with their two daughters to the unspoiled east coast of central Florida, settling in Eau Gallie, which loosely translated from the French means “Rocky Water”. The other, William Chesterfield, leaves the family farm in Kingsport, Tennessee after the death of his two brothers. He joins the Confederate army. His brilliant military career ends with his capture by Union forces. A daring escape leads him to Florida and a new life in a tiny settlement called Eau Gallie. The two men never heard of Eau Gallie, Florida, and at the beginning of their mutual migration were unaware of the significance this obscure settlement would play in their lives. This is the story of how their lives were forever changed.
“Rocky Water, an action packed read of a family’s life in the civil war era.”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Glocky
Mr. Rau wrote an excellent story of a family that escaped the potential of business ruin in New Orleans at the outbreak of the civil war and moved to central Florida to start pretty much from scratch. The story is filled with civil war stories, farming stories, post civil war animosities, and a family’s efforts to establish themselves in the Eau Gallie area of Florida. It includes a touching love story. The family’s growth in farming and retail business is central to all the characters. Lots of action. A fun, fast read.
About the Author
Ed was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a 1963 graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. A former Air Force Captain with Vietnam service. For more than 23 years, Ed planned, managed, developed, and wrote business acquisition plans and proposals to obtain Federal Government service contracts for several fortune 500 companies, and large corporations. He retired in 2008 to Melbourne, FL.
He is a member of the Space Coast Writers Guild and contributed to several Guild book projects i.e. Love and Rockets, Gratitude and Spring.