Today we have a sneak peek from author Guntis Goncarovs’ historical fiction novel,Convergence of Valor.
The Federal blockade was strangling Charleston into submission. The Confederacy was struggling to maintain existence. General Pierre T. Beauregard listened as President Jefferson Davis promised the people of Charleston they would never fall. On the Cooper River dock sat Beauregard’s only hope to meet Davis’ promise — a submarine that had already taken thirteen sailors to a watery grave. He needed to find eight more brave men to take the vessel on one more suicide mission. Convergence of Valor is the story of how the lives of those eight brave men converged in Charleston and marked history on the night of February 17, 1864.
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Most of us had figgered it to be a suicide mission. Thirty-odd mounted and sixty or so infantry against that Union fort.
We made our camp just a mile or so away, over a hilltop.
The plan was to attack at daybreak, but somewhere in the night, it looked like daybreak got the jump on us. The sky lit up something amazing and the air filled with a buzzing like a million bees. By the time we run up to the hilltop, there wasn’t nothing to see. That Union fort was still there, though its front gates was swung wide open. There wasn’t a sound to be heard, no men walking the wall.
Me and Jimmy walked down there a ways. There wasn’t no one there. I waved the captain over and we went down for a look-see. There was nary a soul to be found. Not one living thing. Every man, horse and dog was just gone. From what all we could tell, there hadn’t been a shot fired neither.
It sent a chill down my spine and old Jasper said it was ghosts done it. Then we heard that buzzing again. We all reckoned we’d find out soon enough.
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