FIRST PLACE WINNER: Historical Fiction. 2017 TAZ Book Awards. Henry Marts was 19 years old when he defied his Quaker faith and answered the call from President Lincoln to defend the Union. Fully expecting to be home in a matter of months, Henry left behind his parents, his work as an oysterman, his sea captain brother Will, and his sweetheart Christiana. Henry, and his comrades in the 3rd Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, would experience some of the most compelling moments of the Eastern campaigns. Experience their triumphant surge up South Mountain at Crampton's Gap. Bear their frustration as they are held in fitful reserve at Antietam. Feel the pain of being the somber rear guard during the long, bitter retreat from Fredericksburg. Witness Pickett's Charge from their hilltop vantage point. Be knee-deep in action at Bull Run Bridge, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness. And advance up Laurel Hill at Spotsylvania Courthouse. There Henry would face his enemies and inner demons in one final struggle... Historical fiction: based on the military record and life of Henry W. Marts and the regimental record of the Jersey 3rd. First in the Civil War Series "Toe the Mark."
About the Author Ruth Ann Ochs Webster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, a city on the Ohio River. She has long been fascinated by the stories inherent in American history, particularly those of Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, the founding of the nation, and the Civil War. Ruth spent most of her adult life teaching history and language arts to students of middle childhood age. She has freelanced as a columnist, essayist, and feature story writer for newspapers; published memoir and fiction in journals and magazines; written a blog; and delved into genealogical research. She resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh, near the confluence of the two rivers that form the Ohio.