A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE: A Novel Of The American Civil War

General Fiction, Christian Books

By Terry Soileau

Publisher : Create Space Self-Publishing Platform

ABOUT Terry Soileau

Terry Soileau
I am a retired Louisiana attorney, now residing in Houston, TX. I published my novel (A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE: A Novel Of The American Civil War) on the Kindle on July 28, 2012. The paperback will be published through Create Space within the next 2 or 3 weeks.



A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE tells the story of a Confederate drummer boy, serving with the famous Orphan Brigade, and his abolitionist uncle serving with the Union's Irish Brigade. The two confront personal tragedies as the action of the novel takes the reader from the  Battle of Fredericksburg to the largest mass execution (of Indians) in American history, and on to the Battle of Stones River, the central focus of the novel. The characters wrestle with God and with their own inner demons as they search for faith, love and meaning in a torn and tragic world.

The idea for this book, based on Lincoln's phrase "a difference of purpose", found in the Appendix of the book, occurred to the author over 30 years ago, while he was in law school. A number of drafts have been written over the years during the author's busy years of practice as an attorney.