Book by Civil War Re-enactor


A mysterious time machine takes Sheldon Owen Wood on a sinister ride from the twenty-first century back to the Civil War, where something is enormously wrong. Everything is out of kilter. People who are supposed to be dead are alive. Armies that are supposed to be fighting don’t exist. Relatives who shouldn’t be in this part of the country are living here. Sheldon adopts the alias of Jim Hager, until he can figure out how to get home without creating a time travel paradox.

This intriguing work is the creation of Civil War buff Vernon Dutton whose interest in the war and the period stems from childhood.

Dutton, a retired Arkansas attorney, became a Civil War re-enactor in 1994 and hasn’t looked back. Since 1994, he has participated in the following high-profile re-enactments:

135th, 140th, 145th, 150th, and 155th Gettysburg
135th, 140th, and 150th Antietam.

Dutton says that the poetry in Civil War Reflections grew from powerful emotions triggered by the experience of re-enactment.

He is a member of the Third Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, a former Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot, and a Viet Nam veteran. Here’s a link to his website.

Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

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