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Voices Over Water: A Civil War Novel - Plus - "All You Need To Keep Safe" ** S I G N E D ... Voices Over Water: A Civil War Novel - Plus - "All You Need To Keep Safe" ** S I G N E D ...

Voices Over Water: A Civil War Novel - Plus - "All You Need To Keep Safe" ** S I G N E D **

Herlong-Bodman, Ann

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ISBN 10: 1891799193 / ISBN 13: 9781891799198
Published by Harbor House, GA., 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST Edition AND FIRST Printing, with full publishers number line present on copyright page. * Warmly INSCRIBED * by author on title page. LAID-IN is a 14 page booklet of poetry by author, ("All You Need To Keep Safe") which is ALSO Warmly INSCRIBED by author. Dust jacket has a short (less an 1") scratch to front panel (does not detract), otherwise a FINE UNclipped dust jacket. A fabulous item. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 003077

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Title: Voices Over Water: A Civil War Novel - Plus ...

Publisher: Harbor House, GA.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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On a lonely, abandoned barrier island of the Carolinas during the Civil War, a head-strong planter's daughter risks her life to set up a school for the freed slaves. In this novel of intrigue and clashing cultures, Sarah Edings faces danger from all sides --- Union soldiers, Rebel raiders and runaway slaves. In the process she becomes a pioneer, a trail-blazing woman who is, herself, transformed through the courageous choices she makes.

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During the summers I spent on Edisto Island, I heard stories from old-timers who walked by our cottage to go fishing in the creek. One recurring story involved three white teachers who came to start schools for the soon to be freed slaves. Sometimes these teachers would be missionaries from the North and indeed there is historic documentation about three teacher who met an untimely death during a storm one Christmas Eve and drown. Their bodies were buried in the Presbyterian Church grave yard. The markers are still there.

But it was another story that interested me: the story that three white women from Charleston had lived on Edisto, a barrier island which was abandoned by all planters, indeed, all whites, during the Civil War and these teachers had started schools. Research led me to the records kept by the Freedman's Bureau when that group came after the war. A note in Box 164 in the Congressional Record reports that upon reaching the island "three white women were living on the island and they had already started a school."

No names. No details. But my imagination was fueled by that note. I gave one such brave woman the name Sarah Edings because records show that the first house at the edge of the shore was built by a William Edings and the first area populated was named Edingville, the northern-most point now known as Jeremy Key.

Spunky, a dedicated teacher, and confused by slavery and the beliefs held by most, even her family, she is both transformed and transformative as she takes over the story.  Actually, I let her take over and enjoyed every minute. I hope you do, too.

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