Friday, December 12, 2014

Hiram's Hope at Wichita Civil War Round Table

I recently had the pleasure of addressing the Wichita (Kansas) Civil War Round Table about Hiram's Hope:  The Return of Isaiah.  Much of the discussion centered around Civil War soldiers and how they coped with life after returning home. For many, the war (and prison experiences) remained with them throughout their lives, impacting their abiltiy to work, relationships with friends and family, and all aspects of their daily existence. Several weeks after the meeting, one of the attendees notified me that he had read Hiram's Hope and offerred the following comments:

"When I read a book and find that I cannot put it down, cannot quit thinking about it and finish it in a few days, then I feel that the book is a winner. Hiram's Hope was just such a book for me."
----Duane Graham, Wichita Civil War Round Table

Monday, December 1, 2014

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
To view the video see


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 Professional reviews of the book can be seen at: . Sample material and a chapter can be seen at:  Author information:

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.