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Upon These Steps

Award Winning Historical Novel By David C. Reavis

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Actual Soldiers' Letters

Posted by dcreavis on August 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments ()

The second edition contains excerpts from the letters and diary of Private Jonathan Fuller Coghill, Colonel Charles Blacknall, and Union Private John Vaultier of the 88th PA. The words of these men tell the story better than the author's interpertation of the letters, which was the manner in which the first edition was written. The addition of reports of the battles from the Yankees' perspective adds a new perspective to the battles. It is interesting how many times the NC 23rd regiment faced off with the 88th PA.

Significance of the Rabbit

Posted by dcreavis on January 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments ()

Several readers have inquired about the signifance of the rabbit. There is one, but it would be interesting if readers would comment on this posting and give others their view of the rabbit's significance.

Glebe Road

Posted by dcreavis on December 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM Comments comments ()

Readers should not confuse the current-day "Glebe Road" in Vance County with the "Glebe Road" of 1860. The 1860 Glebe Road is the current-day Satterwhite Point Road. The name of the road is documented in Lewis P. Reavis' Will. A Plot of the property was prepared by Surveyor SPJ Harris in January 1884 (after Mary Reavis' death) for the purpose of distributiing the land to the heirs.

Of interest, prior to 1884, the road ran about 100 yards further east of the current road in front of the Reavis House. The Silver Spring Church (forerunner of Flat Rock UMC) is identified as being located half-way between the Reavis House and Cooper's Grove. The church (doubling as a school) was on the west side of the old road, and on the east side of the relocated road. The church was located on property inherited by the twin Della Reavis Harris. The church later became Flat Rock Church and relocated to its current location.

Purpose of writing "Upon These Steps"

Posted by dcreavis on December 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments ()

I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement, prompting me to write this book. It has provided me an avenue to document some of the episodes of a number of ancestors, whose lives had a tremendous impact on those living around them at the time. The courage, wisdom, and resilence of these individuals living over 100 years ago are virtues we can admire and adopt as part of our lives today.

While I learned many facts about these individuals over the past 35 years, not until I started writing this book did I begin to appreciate the heritage that they represent. The heritage includes both family and the Southern way of life. Facts of a single individual's life alone (dates of birth, enlistment, imprisonment, death, etc,) does not reveal the character of that individual. It is the interaction of that individual with others that gives us a glimpse of who that person really was.


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