This year’s launch of Divided Only by Distance & Allegiance: The Bulloch/Roosevelt Letters 1861-1865 concludes the series with the revealing emotional letters written by Southern women living in the North during the War Between the States. Also, readers will find the journal kept by Theodore Roosevelt during his service for the Allotment Commission.
As Gwen and I transcribed these letters, we often found ourselves on the brink of tears. Adding the commentary, I discovered myself reaching further and further into history to understand life and even death during these war years. We read of longing, separation, loss, births, and death, all those normal events of life now multiplied by the background of war.
Am I happy the series is finished? Yes! Gwen and I worked hard to make this series come about in only four years. Now, we can each move on. Was it worth the effort? That is a question for our readers not for us, because almost every author I have ever met felt the story they were writing, fiction or nonfiction, had to be written.
Divided (Gwen and I have shortened each book’s name to make conversations flow a bit more quickly) can stand alone or can be read as part of the series. I wish you could all be there on Wednesday evening, in Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, to help us celebrate!