Sam McGee is an author, trial lawyer and fisherman from North Carolina. His first book, Sidelines and Bloodlines, is a college football memoir written with his referee father and sportswriter brother. Cartledge Creek is his debut novel, and is inspired by his family’s true Civil War story. As a teenager, Sam used to tell everyone who would listen that he would one day buy the old family homeplace back into the family. He and his wife Marci did so in 2006. That house is the site of much of what happens in Cartledge Creek. Sam and Marci live in North Carolina with children Hannah Cole and Brooks, and cats Scout and Calpurnia.
Jim Dockery was born of contradiction. His father, General Alfred Dockery, was Richmond County’s most prominent opponent of secession and most vocal advocate for black suffrage. Yet he was also the owner of the county’s grandest plantation with one of its largest concentrations of slaves. Though he opposed the war, General Dockery sent six sons to fight for the Confederacy. Jim, the youngest of Alfred’s soldier sons, follows a Civil War path that takes him through some of the war’s bloodiest conflicts, and into the North’s deadliest prisons. He daily risks his life for a cause of which he is uncertain, his real cause being to one day get back home.
Praise for CARTLEDGE CREEK. . .
“Cartledge Creek is a fine piece of fiction. My highest praise for a story is ‘a good tale, well told.’ And that fits this book precisely.” –Robert Inman, Author of The Governor’s Lady, Home Fires Burning, Old Dogs and Children, and Dairy Queen Days
“I found Cartledge Creek a refreshing and touching look at some very contradictory issues in southern history. Sam McGee is a born storyteller, perhaps something he inherited from the oral tradition of his ancestors. He has created a vibrant new chapter in stories of the South … Jim’s journey from battle to imprisonment to home and beyond is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome all odds set to mar one’s path … I was swept away by this powerful family drama.” —Emily-Jane Hills Orford, for Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)