Enter to Win a Civil War Novel by Tennessee Farm Bureau Member Rick Revel

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Civil War Book

A singer, songwriter, actor and farmer, longtime Farm Bureau member Rick Revel of Henry County can now add author to that list of accomplishments. His new novel, In the Hills of Tennessee, is set in Stewart County during the Civil War. A work of historical fiction, the book tells the story of Jack Hinson, who is farming 1,200 acres with his wife and 10 children when the Civil War comes to his doorstep in 1862. Members of the federal army harass the family and destroy their property. When two of his sons are murdered by a federal cavalry patrol, Hinson swears vengeance.

The book is based on a biography of the real-life Hinson by Tom McKenney, a friend of Revel’s who encouraged him to create the fictional version of the story.

“All the facts and events and characters are true,” Revel says. “Just the dialogue is the fictional part. It gives Jack a voice.”

Authenticity is important to Revel. “Although this book is a work of historical fiction, I am trying to keep the historic fact intact,” he says. In addition to McKenney’s book, Revel cites 26 sources on his bibliography. He also has 40-years of experience as Civil War historian, writer, preservationist and reenactor.

In the Hills of Tennessee published in 2019. To learn more about Revel, visit his website at rickrevel.com. Books are available through the publisher by calling (615) 353-7902.

GIVEAWAY: We partnered with Premium Press America to give away two copies of In the Hills of Tennessee. Enter below by Sept. 16 for a chance to win!

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  1. Linda

    August 15, 2019 at 8:32 am

    I would love to learn more on the rich history of our great state.

  2. NANCY

    August 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Sounds fascinating. I love historical novels. I knew it was cotton. Thanks!

    • Lisa Smith

      August 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

      I think cotton was the issue

  3. April

    August 16, 2019 at 10:35 am

    This looks like a great book! Looking forward to it.

  4. Joan Brown

    August 18, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I would like to read this book of history by Ricky. Revel because he has been interested in history about the civil war for years! I know he has checked his facts.

  5. Rhonda Grisham

    August 20, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Cotton! I would love to read this book because we are huge civil war buffs and I would like to learn more about Tn during that time.

  6. Evelyn Fielder

    August 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I almost site it was cotton. My family raised cotton so slaves were not the only ones picking cotton by hand. I love reading anything about our great state.

  7. Be a Matthews

    August 21, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Please enter me in the contest for prizes.
    Beauton Matthews
    Ripley TN

  8. Beauton Matthews

    August 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I am assuming this is where you enter the contest for drawing of history book?

    Your site is not very useser friendly.
    Beauton Matthews

  9. Tiffany Tosh

    August 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    B is the answer. I hope I win!

  10. Laura Harrison

    August 21, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    My husband enjoys history. I think he would love this book. I would like it too. I am not from TN or even from the south and have only lived here a few years. I would like to know more about the history of the state I now reside in.
    My answer is cotton.

  11. Amanda

    August 22, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Grandpa is a doctor of history and would love to gift to him to read. Answer is cotton.

  12. Judy

    August 23, 2019 at 11:17 am

    I love to read especially Southern History. Fingers crossed I’m the lucky winner.

  13. Laura Morrison

    August 24, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    My husband would love this book! The answer is B.

  14. Sonya

    August 25, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    My daughter would love to read this (after I finish it 🤣)!!! She’s in Nashville, close to the area the book is based on.

  15. Shelia

    August 25, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I would love to add this to my collection of history books!

  16. Harold Halliburton

    August 30, 2019 at 6:39 am

    When I was in school, the only subject I ever failed was 1/2 year of history. I’ve always said, it was bacause I had a problem with numbers and couldn’t remember when the war of 1812 was. Now I see where we need to keep history alive because so many people want to hide of change the facts. Cotton


    August 30, 2019 at 8:25 am

    I love history so this would make a great addition to my book collection.

  18. Teresa Carr

    August 31, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I love reading historical fiction. It puts a spin on the era while adding an enjoyable experience


  19. Cathy Stagner

    September 6, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I love reading and learning about history. Cotton is the answer.

  20. Pam

    September 6, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Cotton was the issue here. I would absolutely love to have this book—-I love that time period of our country’s history. And I love Tennessee even more. Having the two combined would be so awesome!!

  21. Casey

    September 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I would love to share this book with my students! 5th grade is so rich in TN History and TN Historical Figures, this would be an amazing read to share! Cotton! Cotton is the answer!

  22. Marilyn Rowland

    September 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Would love to read this!

  23. Susan Morgan

    September 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I love history especially the Civil War and would live to read this book! I believe the answer is “c” rice.

  24. Susan Morgan

    September 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I love history especially the Civil War and would love to read this book! I believe the answer is “c” rice.

  25. Horea Kaii

    September 20, 2019 at 8:43 am

    The Civil War reminded me a lot of things and I still have them all in my mind till now.

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