This Civil War memoir explores fifteen-year-old Jack Benson's transition to manhood as he presents his soldier's account of life in the Confederate cavalry, a life convoluted by the spectral manipulations of Vanita, an old witch-woman, a slave who is sworn to safeguard him. Her hidden presence serves to protect Jack throughout the war in amazing ways, across countless miles, through patrols, battle, and capture.
This is unlike any other Civil War tale you've ever read and the first-person perspective on the realities of the war may surprise you.
BIOGRAPHY Thomas Fenske currently lives in North Carolina but he was born and raised in Texas, and his native Texan roots run deep.
He's braved long stretches of endless Texas highways in search of the best Chicken-Fried Steak, Chili, Texas BBQ, and Tex-Mex food. He's hiked west Texas mountains, canoed rapids on the Guadalupe River, suffered through waves of mosquitoes in The Big Thicket, and rafted the Rio Grande. He's blistered in the heat of the long Texas summers, endured hurricanes, ice storms, hail, wind, and floods. He has even ridden across ranchland looking for a lost "little dogie" ... how many Texans can say they did that?
Why did he leave the Lone Star State? Well, one must do many strange things to better provide for a family.
He and his lovely wife of thirty-plus years currently share their home with a dog and nine cats. Somehow, he still manages to write amidst the chaos.
Web page: http://www.thefensk.com
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