Peter Serko

Creating Hattie’s War

Creating Hattie’s War

 

Creating Hattie’s War #7 – The Letters of Hannibal Howell

From the start, I dreamed of finding Hannibal’s letters.  I knew it was a long shot and had pretty much given up hope.   Besides, the letters were not something critical to Hattie’s story, at least …

Creating Hattie’s War #6 – Who is Hattie?

Hattie’s War is a work of historical fiction loosely based on threads of known information.  Once I decided the story should be told by Hattie I needed to figure out who exactly MY Hattie was.  …

Creating Hattie’s War #5 – Photos and Drawings… the gory details

The Civil War was the first war to be photo-documented, leaving us a vast collection of graphic imagery of the horrors of war. The best-known photographer of the war was Mathew Brady but there were …

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.  …

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 #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 #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 …

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