Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Civil War: A Conversation With My Ancestor

I impersonated my great uncle Private Hiram Terman in a presentation at Tabor College. Many in the audience commented that it made the Civil War more real to hear about it in the first person.  Indeed, would it not have been a memorable experience to be able to talk to a Civil War veteran about his trials and tribulations.  See recent newspaper article at:
Hiram’s Hurrah Hillsboro Free Press http://tinyurl.com/nryf5sn
To view the video see http://tinyurl.com/o4fansz


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hiram's Hope in Ohio and Michigan

IMG_2993Taylor's Books and More

We just returned from an enjoyable trip to Historic Zoar Village in Zoar, Ohio and the Hardin County Museum in Kenton, Ohio where we had book signing events. From there we went to Coldwater, Michigan to drop some books off at Taylor's Bookstore. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Sign near Marion, Arkansas and actual photo of Sultana--major parts of the story line of Hiram's Hope.

Hiram's Hope: The Return of Isaiah by Max R. Terman. 2014 TESA Books, Hillsboro, Ks, $14.99 print, $2.99 eBook, 260 pages print.  Printed and distributed by Lightning Source Incorporated, Ingram Book Company.

ISBN 978-1-4951-0591-3 

Following in the footsteps of Hiram’s Honor, one of Online College’s Best Books for Studying the Civil War, Hiram’s Hope tells how Isaiah, left for dead at Andersonville, survives only to board the ill-fated, over-loaded steamer Sultana. Max Terman weaves a story around this tragedy with the Lincoln Funeral Train, a woman left at Andersonville, and a veteran’s struggle to recover his life as threads in an intricate tale about the last days of the American Civil War.

Hiram’s Hope has been published, and is available at Ingram Book, Amazon, and other booksellers. Signed copies are available from the author at maxt@tabor.edu. Professional reviews of the book can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/mc9oc7k . Sample material and a chapter can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/oe3ytcn  Author information:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPJGH0

Click here to buy online at Amazon.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014


The rough draft of Hiram's Hope is out for review and comments.

I hope to have it published by September 2014.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Civil War vet talks to Abraham Lincoln

I had the pleasure of becoming my ancestor Private Hiram Terman as he talks with President Abraham Lincoln. I played Hiram as he would have appeared in the 1880's as a Civil War veteran. It was fun. See


 for video of the event staged in Avon Park, Florida. Chet Damron was Abraham Lincoln.


Monday, December 23, 2013

The Andersonville Survivors Trek to Vicksburg To Be Paroled



I am writing the later chapters of Hiram's Hope and have needed an historical account detailing the experiences of Andersonville survivors leaving the prison in late March 1865 on their way to Vicksburg for parole and freedom. I found some first hand accounts (such as the very good account by Chester Berry and a diary by Smith) and a useful book entitled TRANSPORT TO DISASTER by James W. Elliott (published in 1962). Written by a descendent of an Andersonville survivor, the book provides a very readable account of the ordeals of prisoners from Cahaba and Andersonville as they make their way by rail and steamboat across Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, eventually winding up in Vicksburg only to board the ill-fated Sultana that exploded north of Memphis killing most of those aboard.  These are challenging chapters to write as I try to imagine the sights, sounds, thoughts, and conversations that occurred.