Kelby Ouchley is a naturalist and managed National Wildlife Refuges for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 30 years. His first book, "Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference Guide," was published by LSU Press in 2010. His historical novel, "Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between," is available as an e-book and in paperback. A collection of more than 150 of his essays, "Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country," was released by LSU Press in October 2011. The University Press of Florida published his latest book, "American Alligator - Ancient Predator in the Modern World," in 2013. Since 1995, Kelby has written and narrated a weekly natural history program for the public radio station that serves the Ark-La-Miss area. He has been awarded the Louisiana Governor's Conservationist of the Year Award. Kelby and his wife, Amy, live in the woods in Rocky Branch, Louisiana, in a cypress house surrounded by white oaks and black hickories. His website is: bayou-diversity.com
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Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between
by Kelby Ouchley
A half-Choctaw woman, who describes herself as always "in-between," tells the story of her life and that of a soldier in north Louisiana during the Civil War. The heart of the tale involves a journey of rescue. Her state of "in-between" takes on new meanings as she is drawn ever deeper into the turmoil of the times. Passion, self-doubt, and malice finally threaten her existence in any condition.
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