Monument to Healing: Two Soldiers and the Good Death, 1862, 1914 by Charles Cox, M.D. with Spurgeon King, Ph.D. , published in June 2015, and Soldiers, Saints & Sinners: Stories of Long Ago by Harbert Alexander with illustrations by Allison East, published in December 2015, have stirred exceptional interest with readers who love Civil War history, as well as stories of local “real characters” who changed West Tennessee and in some cases, the state and the nation.
A story that is more than 150 years old continues today as Dr. Cox writes of “The Good Death,” a belief dating to the Civil War that a man dies with honor on the battlefield. He tells the true story of his ancestor, Confederate Private James Coble, who died near dawn on Dec. 16, 1862, and of the Union captain, David Harts Sr., who wrote to The Jackson Sun in March 1914, asking that someone go find this soldier’s lone grave in a field so that his family would have solace. On Nov. 7, 2015, Coble’s monument was moved to Salem Cemetery with great honor, and Dr. Cox seeks to raise funds for historic preservation in the state with proceeds from his book.
Harbert Alexander, a master storyteller and author of four books, has characters in his stories that range from Civil War soldiers — and a sniper, “Confederate Long Rifle;” to Lucy Holcombe, the “Sweetheart of the Confederacy;” to a con artist posing as a Baptist preacher, “The Holy Cheat;” to Roscoe Turner, amazing aviator and his pet lion Gilmore, “The Lion Who Flew.” Historic figures include doctors, entrepreneurs, pilots, game wardens, football coaches and musicians. Take a journey through time in the pages of Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Stories of Long Ago. You’ll come away with something new to think about, and perhaps you’ll reach the last page saying, “Well, I never knew that!”
Both books are available at Marilyn Jackson Gifts off Vann Drive in Jackson, Tenn. and online at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. Both will also be available at the Casey Jones Railroad Museum in Jackson within the week. Here are the online links to purchase the books:
Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Stories of Long Ago
Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/hnodl4v
Monument to Healing: Two Soldiers and the Good Death, 1862, 1914
Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/zdgjteo