South Carolina's Low Counntry in the Civil Wr
I will be introducing the Germantown Methodist's Ladies' Group to my books by telling them about the South Carolina Expeditionary Force, which landed on Hilton Head in November 1861, drove out the Confederate Army and the local plantation owners, and set into motion one of the first experiments in putting an end to slavery. Once they've heard the story, they will be prepared to meet the 100th Pennsylvania Regiment (known as the Roundheads) and my great uncle James McCaskey. They'll sympathize with the Roundheads' regimental nurse, Nellie Chase. They'll get to know Laura Towne, who established one of the first schools for blacks in the area, and they'll have the opportunity to learn about other characters, whose stories appear briefly in a short story collection.