My great-grandfather, Archibald Stark Van Orden, was an amazing person, who lived an extraordinary life. In his teenage years, he served as an infantry soldier and as a cavalry rider in the United States Army during the Civil War.
I have always thrilled at his exploits, as told to me on my grandmother’s knee, and from Archie’s letters, as well as his relics which I inherited.
My labor of love during my own twilight years is to author the book inspired by what he encountered, experienced and dared.
Long-kept family secrets of Archie’s service to his nation will finally be revealed. Prepare to be astounded and enthralled.