Bob O’Connor has been a life-long student of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. He has published six books about the Civil War era and has given over 500 presentations about his subjects in the last six years.
The Return of Catesby is a sequel to Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War published in 2008. In this account, Catesby, a former slave, becomes the first colored teacher at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV. Storer was one of the first schools in the country to be established for the purpose of educating former slaves. Catesby, a real historical character, brings his experience as a blacksmith, a veteran of the Union Army, and his survival of the famed Andersonville Prison to his students. The historical fiction story is based on Catesbys journals, papers and letters.
Anyways, this book is a a GREAT book. It really lets you get a feel for what it would have been like for someone during these times that was faced with being a newly freed slave when slavery wasn't something that was looked down on all that much. I can't even imagine what it would be like, although the story helps you get into the mind of the lead character.
I love the plot and the character development. It is a great historical fiction that really uses facts and history to create an awesome tale. This is a wonderful book for inspiring a curiosity into the past. It seriously leaves you wanting to know more.
I recommend it for those that like historical fictions, or even those that like pieces set in the past. If you want to know more about the Civil War period and what it was like for newly freed slaves,