Beginning at 2:15 PM, the author will give an illustrated 30 minute presentation followed by a group consideration of the question: "What is the likelihood of another Civil War in America?”
John C. Noel and Daan Morris Kiel are two young Pennsylvanians living through the American Civil War. Both have inherited a deep disdain for war. However, as they each grow frustrated by early Union setbacks and a mounting belief in the righteousness of abolition, reluctance gives way to inspiration, and they join the Union Army.
The two men meet in Castle Thunder Prison in Richmond, Virginia. Noel has already escaped from capture once, and both men have experienced the life-altering harshness of war. The two soldiers join forces to escape and get back into the fight as part of the force that brings about Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
From the author’s keen research emerges a historically detailed, thought- provoking fictional story inspired by the real lives of Noel and Kiel, who are connected to the author through the family history of his wife, Adele (Kiel). This epic, deeply human saga examines patriotism, altruism, and life’s difficult choices and offers readers a reflection on the lasting impacts of war on people and communities.