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JOHN C. BUSH, a retired Presbyterian minister, now devotes much of his time to writing, family and travel. PATRIOTS AND REBELS, a historical novel of the Civil War, is his first venture into fiction, though he is author or editor of four non-fiction books in the field of religion. He is now working on a prequel the PATRIOTS, set in the American Revolution. Born in the Florida panhandle, he grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, with ancestral roots in Virginia Colony (1670.) He holds an undergraduate degree from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and two advanced degrees in theology. Father to two children, grandfather to six and great grandfather to one, he and his wife Sara make their home in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama.
Patriots and Rebels is a true story, imagined, and set in the years 1863-65. In it we encounter the stark reality of patriotism and rebellion played out in the words, thoughts, experiences and emotions of Thomas Files and his fourteen-year-old daughter Mary Francis. Born and raised in the hill country of north Alabama, Tom is determined to defend the United States of America as his ancestors had done in 1776. His strong sense of patriotic loyalty places him and his family in situations of profound conflict and danger. Patriots and Rebels is based on the actual records of real people, as found in the National Archives and published biographical sketches. There were at least a hundred thousand men like Tom Files – white Southerners fighting for the Union -- from every Confederate state except South Carolina. Their story has been largely neglected, particularly in historical fiction.
“Patriots and Rebels is an impressive work that combines both engaging storytelling and historical fat and context. Your commitment to historical accuracy without relying on common myths or stereotypes has established this book as a standout in Civil War literature.” Dr. William R. Ferris, Senior Associate Director, Center for the Study of the American South, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.