After years of working in various jobs in the public sector, Henderson County resident Terrell T. Garren began a second career as a Civil War historian. His research led to his first novel, The Secret of War, about life in the Western North Carolina mountains during the 1860s. He followed that up with Mountain Myth, a scholarly work that separated the myths from the reality concerning "Unionism," or sympathies with the Union cause, in the mountains during the war.
Garren has now applied his prodigious research to fiction once again, and he will talk about his latest work at Accent on Books this coming Friday, November 14, beginning at 6:00 PM. This new book, entitled The Fifth Skull, is based on the true experiences of two mountain teenagers who were conscripted into the Confederate army, were captured and imprisoned in the Union prison of Camp Douglas in Illinois, and finally ended up involved in the Modoc Indian War in California and Oregon. It's a little known but remarkable story which Terrell Garren, using his skills as a researcher and writer, is bringing to light, and we hope you can join us at Accent on Books as he presents this new book and signs copies.