Carolyn P. Schriber
Carolyn Schriber received her PhD in History from the University of Colorado, where she worked in two very different fields: medieval Europe and 19th-century America. She enjoyed a successful career as a tenured professor at Rhodes College, specializing in medieval history and publishing extensively on relationships between Anglo-Norman bishops and kings in the twelfth century. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies (ORB), an early and extremely successful approach to harnessing the resources of the internet to facilitate historical research.
After she retired to Professor Emerita status, she turned her attention to her second love, the history of America's Civil War. In 2007 Dr. Schriber published an ambitious study of the Battle of Secessionville, the first re-examination of the impact of that battle in over a decade. She offered a fresh perspective and a valuable new approach to some of the issues concerning the American Civil War. After extensive research, she successfully blended the personal stories of two opposing soldiers with a detailed account of the battle. With a clear and engaging writing style, A Scratch with the Rebels illuminated the depth and diversity of perspectives from both sides of the conflict. It is an absorbing history for Civil War buffs and historians, as well as a general audience. Now she has written a historical novel that covers the same period. Beyond All Price tells the story of Nellie Chase Leath, who served as matron and nurse in the Roundhead Regiment from Pennsylvania.
Dr. Schriber lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband Floyd Schriber and four opinionated cats. She is also active in Lions Clubs International and serves on the board of the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, a charitable organization that provides free eye and hearing care to those in need.
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America’s Civil War was more than a political disaster. It was a human tragedy, and everyone – North and South, young and old, black and white, rich and poor – everyone was caught up in that broken world. Yet somehow the victims held on to the hope that love for one another could mend the tears in the fabric of their lives. These are their stories.
A Scratch with the Rebels: A Pennsylvania Roundhead and a South Carolina Cavalier
James McCaskey, 100th Pennsylvania Regiment, was a farmhand who believed in individual rights for all men. Gus Smythe, Washington Light Infantry, 24th South Carolina, was a college student and a supporter of states' rights. This is the true story of how the Battle of Secessionville altered not only their own lives, but the lives of all those who shared their experiences.
Left by the Side of the Road: Characters without a Novel
Left by the Side of the Road is a collection of short historical fiction. The characters are real people whose stories provide interesting sidelights on the main narratives of my other books. All take place in 1862, primarily in the coastal islands of South Carolina. They feature Union and Confederate soldiers, plantation slaves, missionaries and teachers, cotton agents, spies, and profiteers.
The Road to Frogmore: Turning Slaves into Citizens
Laura Towne was a medical student, a Unitarian, and an abolitionist. In 1862 she traveled to South Carolina to work with a group of missionaries known as Gideonites. She and her friend Ellen Murray struggled to provide education for the slaves who had been abandoned by their owners on St. Helena Island. The school they founded is now the Penn Center, preserving the heritage of the Gullah people.
Beyond All Price
Nellie Chase joined the 100th Pennsylvania Regiment, known as "The Roundheads,” to escape an abusive husband. Too young and inexperienced to qualify as a nurse, she remained a Union volunteer. In 1861 she traveled with the regiment to the coast of South Carolina, where she managed the regimental headquarters in Beaufort and its staff of slaves who had been abandoned by their owners.
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