The anguish of regret, the warmth of love and the horrors of the Civil War await you as you travel on a vivid journey to 1860’s Arkansas.
Wisdom of the Grandfathers is scheduled to be released in September, 2008 at Cowan, Tennessee during Polly Crockett Days. It is the story of Travis Joel Coker, a selfish man that unwillingly becomes a member of Stand Watie's Cherokee Mounted Rifles during the Civil War.
In my research, I drew upon sources of the region around my home in Northwest Arkansas which is located on Little Sugar Creek. Camp Stephens was located at the turnoff of Sugar Creek Road and Highway 72. Our farm is located about five miles from the Pea Ridge Military Park and site of the actual battle.
Stand Watie was a very real person (his name is pronounced "weighty"). He was a leader of the Cherokee Nation and a brigadier general for the Confederate Army. On June 23, 1865, Stand Watie signed a cease-fire agreement with Union representatives, becoming the last Confederate general in the field to stand down.
Many of the names of the soldiers in Travis's unit are real. Others are fictional, however they represent names and people typical of the times.
The battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas was one of the most decisive battles fought west of the Mississippi. Over 26,000 soldiers fought for two days in the battle that would decide the fate of Missouri.
Inside the pages of Wisdom of the Grandfathers we get to know Travis Coker, a man that has chosen to deny his Cherokee heritage. A man that puts his career over his wife and child. A man that has turned his back on God. We witness him being tested, developing skills of adaptation and endurance. Travis Coker was an unwitting participant, who evolved into a soldier and survived, and came away with a greater sense of himself and others, and a greater appreciation for the simple pleasures of life.
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