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

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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. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

12 Years A Slave Movie and Book

Illustration from 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (published 1853)

I went to see the movie "12 Years A Slave" in hopes of learning more about slavery from the perspective of a slave.  I may incorporate a former slave as a charaacter in the sequel to Hiram's Honor.  I was so taken by the story that I looked up the original book published in 1853. I read the first person account with images from the movie in my mind. For the most part the movie follows the book. The written account has much more detail and is thus more valuable to understanding the author and thus building a character for my story.  I was amazed at how Solomon Northup, an educated free black man kidnapped into slavery, was able to experience the trials of being a slave and yet retain hope for returning to freedom.  The injustice of the story overwhelms you but in the end you rejoice with Northup as he rejoins his family after 12 years in the most brutal of circumstances.