Richards' Way by Rick Wilson
Approx. 73,400 words.
Published on September 21, 2013.
Tom Richards was born on a farm in Alabama just before the Civil War. He knew from a young age he didn't want to spend his life farming. As he grew he made friends with the Sheriff in their hometown. When his father went off to war he made his final decision that farming wasn't for him. At eighteen he became a deputy to the Sheriff. He quickly found he was good at his job, and enjoyed it.