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Fort Oglethorpe, GA: In partnership with the National Park Service, Eastern National would like to invite you to meet author Aliene Shields at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Shields will be available to sign her book The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier: Private Thomas Marion Shields from 10.00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Eastern National bookstore.
The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier—Private Thomas Marion Shields fought with the 3rd South Carolina Regiment during the Battle of Chickamauga and the Campaign for Chattanooga in 1863. His letters give insight into a soldier’s real life experiences from overcoming illnesses to marching for days, engaging in battle and longing to hear from his wife Amanda and to see his new born baby.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ms. Aliene Shields was born in Spartanburg, SC, but soon afterwards her family moved to Edgefield County. After graduating from Columbia College with degrees in Special Education and Public Speaking/Drama, Ms. Shields worked for the South Carolina Department of Education at the district level and earlier taught children and adults having special needs. After retiring from the “formal” education system, she continued her passion as an educator by promoting life-long learning.
In 2007, Ms. Shields began transcribing dozens of letters written by her great-grandfather, private Thomas Marion Shields, during the Civil War. After several years of effort researching the events and places described in the letters, Shields realized the importance of preserving the historical information and legacy of her family. In 2010, Shields published the letters and research in a book titled, The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier.
Come join us. Meet author Ms. Aliene Shields and get your signed copy of The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier. Did you know that your purchase supports the National Parks? We sincerely thank you!!