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 Hi, my name is Terry Patrick Collins. Welcome to “A Glimpse of History". History is one of my greatest passions, American history in particular and the Civil War specifically.


 Whether you know a great deal or very little about the Civil War, you undoubtedly have heard the name of our president at that time Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps you’ve heard the names of a few other notables of that period including Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William “Tecumseh” Sherman or Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. But what of the common soldier?

Imagine being between the ages of 15-21 and while steering through the experiences of adolescence you’re reluctantly forced into the fury of the war and the struggle to just survive begins.

 Fighting Under the Bars and Stars

Confederate Saddle

Gray Becomes Black

 Fighting Under The Stars and Bars book jacket                           Confederate Saddle book jacket               Grey Becomes Black book jacket

From the bloodiest day in American history, September 17, 1862, known most commonly as Antietam 23,000 men are killed or wounded as Caleb is. Later the battle at Chancellorsville rages from April 30th to May 6th, 1863 when “Stonewall” Jackson is shot and continues on to those fateful days of July 1st through July 3rd, 1863. When Caleb is captured, his disillusionment starts to grow. 

 When an English observer under Levon’s care is killed Levon’s disillusionment also grows. Meet Caleb Lewis in “Fighting Under the Stars and Bars” and his younger brother Levon in “Confederate Saddle.”

The Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania ends badly with the defeat at Gettysburg. Suffering capture, another wounding, the retreat and the continued killing weighs on both brothers and their beliefs begin changing. Striving to get home they individually encounter many of their fellow Southerners who feel that their final surrender is inevitable. Will they accept it?

To read an excerpt from Fighting Under the Bars and Stars [CLICK HERE]  To read an excerpt from Confederate Saddle [CLICK HERE]    To read an excerpt from Gray Becomes Black [CLICK HERE]

Jessica James, a 3-time winner of the John Esten Cooke award for Southern fiction and featured in the book
“Great Writers You Should be Reading” published in 2010 said,
”Terry is an author who takes the time to do the research necessary to write vivid and authentic historical fiction.”