WITH SILENT ECHOES
by EMMETT SHELTON, SR.
1st ed., 1996, 275 pages
ISBN 978-0-89641-279-8 (hardback) $24.95
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with Silent Echoes, Book One covers a period of time during and
immediately after the Civil War.
characters are two young men, one black and one white. They were
both born in the 1840's on a plantation in Texas located just
north of the Brazos River at the mouth of the Navasota River.
The white boy is Henry Glenn, and the black boy is known as Slick.
and mother are Crawford and Fern Glenn who migrated from Virginia
to Texas in the early 1840's. They brought with them all of their
worldly goods including slaves. Among them were Slick's parents,
Lige and Tishe. Along the way, they acquired fine-blooded horses,
cattle and dogs. The Glenns lived a normal life as affluent planters
until the outbreak f the Civil War in the early 1860's.
As a teenager,
Henry joined General Hood's Brigade of the Confederacy. Slick,
being Henry's life-long friend, went to war with him as a campfollower.
The story begins with their first battle. After henry's injury,
they are in and out of hospitals. When the war is over, they return
to their home on the Brazos, Brining with them the news that the
Confederacy lost the war and that the slaves are now free. The
challenge of freedom along with responsibility becomes eminent.
war, the Glenn's thoroughbred horses had wandered off by reason
of fire, flood and a measure of neglect.
suggests that Henry and Slick gather these horses and drive them
to San Antonio in hopes of finding a market there.
Slick, along with a crew of blacks from the Glenn Plantation,
set out to round up the strayed horses. In attempting to locate
their whereabouts, Henry seeks the advice of Judge Oltorf, the
bellwether of Calvert. They become good Friends, and Henry solicits
the Judge's opinion not only about horses but also about romance.
Slick as the foreman, and they make plans for the horse drive.
They are surprised to learn that several other landowners want
to take part in their venture. So together with their former slaves,
they all set out for San Antonio.