Here is a Civil War story that explores life beyond the battlefieldand tells a harrowing tale about one of the darkest times in U.S.history. Author Loyd Hoke left no stone unturned in his quest tocomplete a search begun by his grandfather, Lester Hoke. The Hokefamily knew Lester's grandfather, Ambrose, died during the CivilWar, but his body was never recovered. For years, Lester searchedfor his ancestor's remains, but to no avail. Loyd, Abrose's greatgreat grandson, continued the pursuit, searching the state of NorthCarolina, from Catawba County to Bald Head Island. Using familyletters, state documents and his own gut instincts, Hoke discoveredwhere his great grandfather likely died. His story isheart-wrenching, one of deprivation, sickness, and fear, but alsoone of great love.
About the Author
Loyd Hoke, Jr., is a columnist for The Hickory Daily Record and a retired high school English techer. His award-winning poetry has been published in college literary magazines. A 1960 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, he also coached men and women's cross country and track at both the high school and university levels. An avid runner, Hoke has completed ten marathons and has held North Carolina age-group records in the marathon, 10-K, 8-K, and 5-K. A Rock for Ambrose is his first book.