Peter Serko

Creating Hattie’s War

I thought it might be fun and perhaps useful to document the process of creating this tale I call Hattie’s War.  In this series of posts, I’ll share some of what I am doing from research, to scouring secondary sources, to writing.

Follow along in the evolving adventure!

 

Creating Hattie’s War #1 – The Daughter He Never Knew

Hattie Howell is spitting mad; the boys in her class are making fun of her chalk drawings again. When Arthur Phelps reaches for her chalkboard, she yanks it back with all her might, accidentally hitting …

Creating Hattie’s War #2 – So Many Questions

Hannibal Howell and his two younger brothers, Byron and Tappan, responded to President Lincoln’s plea in 1861 for volunteers to bolster the Union Army in the early days of the Civil War. The Howell brothers …

Creating Hattie’s War #3 – Pvt. Hannibal Howell

Long before beginning work on Hattie’s War, I spent considerable time digging for information about Hannibal Howell, my gr gr gr grandfather.  There are tidbits of information about him, but not much.  If Hannibal hadn’t …

Creating Hattie’s War #4 – Who, When, Where

It’s said that no other topic has more written about it than the American Civil War.    Every aspect of the war has been documented, dissected, debated, and written about for the last 150 years.  …

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