The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou

The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou In the twilight days of slavery Thirteen year old Ephraim Wright suffers the depredations of war along with the white family who reared him Raised with the family since he was two years old he is nev

  • Title: The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou
  • Author: M.E. Hubbs Tracy S Lyndon
  • ISBN: 9781934610763
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the twilight days of slavery Thirteen year old Ephraim Wright suffers the depredations of war along with the white family who reared him Raised with the family since he was two years old, he is never once required to call Jonathan Wright, his benevolent owner, master His speech, manners and outlook on life are akin to his white siblings than the other slaIn the twilight days of slavery Thirteen year old Ephraim Wright suffers the depredations of war along with the white family who reared him Raised with the family since he was two years old, he is never once required to call Jonathan Wright, his benevolent owner, master His speech, manners and outlook on life are akin to his white siblings than the other slaves in the community who chide him for being a pet and talkin like white folk He is stranded between two worlds that of free whites, and of enslaved blacks His life is irreversibly changed when Confederate conscript officers take the family s oldest son at gun point and a bushwhacker gang guns down Jonathan Wright The law forbids a slave to touch a firearm, because a negro with a gun is a nervous thing to white folks But where his family is concerned, Ep is never one to care about what the slave laws say By seeking to send men to hell, will Ephraim send himself there as well Advance Praise for The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou While reading the book my feelings of anger and resentment toward the institution of slavery and those who fought to protect such rights were sometimes overwhelming and required me to take a deep breath Nevertheless, the story from a historical perspective, although it was a work of fiction, was masterly woven and I found myself with the urge to continue reading The book is well written and the author provides a fascinating glimpse into the everyday existence of many Southern families during the Civil War Commander Harold Barnes US Navy, retired

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      Archaeologist, AuthorMark Hubbs is an eleven year veteran of the U.S Army Infantry He left active duty in 1992 and retired from the Army Reserve in 2001 Since leaving active duty he has worked as a environmental protection specialist and archaeologist for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command USASMDC on historic Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama His work has taken him to several far flung islands in the Pacific where the fierce battles of World War II have left relics both above and below the surface of the corral sand.Besides the extensive environmental and archaeological writing that Mark does for his job, he has also written non fiction for several history related magazines and journals including Navy History Magazine, World War II History Magazine, The Bugler, Army History Magazine, Military Historian and Collector and On The Trail Magazine His article Massacre on Wake Island Navy History Magazine was the first detailed account of the murder of 98 American civilians by the Japanese in 1943 It has subsequently been used as a reference in several World War II books and articles.Mark s first novel, The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou was released by Bluewater Publications in March, 2013 His second novel, The Archer s Son, is the story of a young boy in medieval Cornwall who accompanies a band of archers on Henry V s famous march into France and the bloody battle of Agincourt It was release in the summer of 2014.Mark has had a life long passion for history This interest ranges from battles and leaders to the mundane cultural and material history of the common people who were the real heroes of the past History is than anything else, the story of ordinary people and how those people reacted to extraordinary circumstances For almost four decades Mark has learned first hand how the people of the past lived by participating in costumed living history programs at scores of American battlefields and historic sites.Mark holds a Bachelor s in History from Henderson State University in Arkansas, a Masters in Environmental Management from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Masters in Archaeology from Leicester University in the United Kingdom He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators SCWBI and was the co founder of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table.Huntsville, Alabama has been home for Mark and his wife Phyllis since 1989 They have three children and five grandchildren.

    493 thoughts on “The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou”

    1. I very much enjoyed this debut novel by talented Author M. Hubbs. "The Secret Of Wattensaw Bayou" is a great educational opportunity that could easily be incorporated as required reading in a school history class.This novel starts off in 1936 with the visit of Miss Pernella Anderson. She has made an appointment to interview, question, and probe the now elderly Ephraim Wright about his past experiences. She has been sent by the Federal Writer's Project to gather and compile information about the [...]


    2. The dialog in this book was superb! As a more senior person who grew up in Arkansas, I felt as though I was there with the characters as the story was told. The period slang and grammar were superbly written and consistent throughout the entire book. My hat is off to the Author for not only for his extensive research but his ability to stay true to the history while creating a story that entertains, educates, enlightens, and makes you feel an emotional connection to the characters of the novel. [...]


    3. This was a good story of slavery and the early years of the Civil War. A white family had adopted this black baby and raised him as their own. He was allowed to sleep inside and eat with them, which was unheard of at that time. The story starts out when he is an old man, A woman comes to interview Ephraim on the way life was for him growing up, A good story and well worth your time.


    4. I thought this book was well-researched and a compelling read. Ephriam is a good central character, both acting and being acted upon. I like novels about race, especially books that reveal the nature of racism and its effects on both sides. To me, this book was very good.


    5. M.E. Hubbs created a story that gives a very unique perspective of Civil War era America through the eyes of Ephraim; a young slave in Arkansas. The story begins many years later, in 1936 when a young women, Pernella Anderson comes to interview Ephraim about his past. The perspective was very well written, and I also very much enjoyed the historical references throughout the book. Over all I think this is a great read and would highly recommend it; especially to anyone who is a historical fictio [...]


    6. It took me a while to get into the story. Mr. Hubbs did his research and Eb is a strong, well-developed character however at times his voice sounded Middle Grade and other times Young Adult. I was surprised when the story started with a WPA interview. Based on the blurb I thought this was going to be a Civil War story and it did turn into one eventually. The white/black conflict reminded me of Across the Lines by Carolyn Reeder.


    7. Great Interesting Read. I have read this book twice and will probably read it again next year. I am a Yankee so not really a Civil War buff but I found the story fascinating. Writing from the perspective of the slave boy was a brilliant idea. I loved the dialog using lingo of the day. Waiting on the sequel!


    8. This Civil War saga for young adults falls a bit flat. It's basically okay, but the narrative seemed a bit off. I'm not sure it would hold the interest of a teen-aged reader unless he (or she) was a real Civil War fanatic.


    9. My wife is from Des Arc,Arkansas.Thoroughly enjoyed the book, it was will written, I highly recommend it the author did an excellent job bringing this story to life.


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