Farm Bureau Member Pens Civil War Novel

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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.

Revel is planning to publish a series of books inspired by Hinson’s story.

In the Hills of Tennessee published in April 2019. To learn more about Revel, visit his website at



  1. Penelope Stutzman

    November 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Would love to win this book as 2 of my ancestors fought in this warm

    • Pam Lively

      November 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      The title sounds so interesting, enjoy history very much.

  2. Linda Reynolds

    November 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I enjoy Civil War true stories.

  3. Joan brown

    November 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I love books with a Civil War setting and I know this author well and would like to read this book!

  4. Virginia Presley

    November 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I love history

  5. Melinda Popplewell

    November 23, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Rick Revel is a member of our Church and praise band. He is a strong Christian and very gifted musically.

  6. Evelyn Cole

    November 23, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I love history especially about our great state,

  7. Ronald Harless

    November 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Planning to write a fictional short story about my ancestors during the Civil War. Mr. Revel’s novel would be a great reference.

  8. Evelyn Cole

    November 24, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I love history and reading, a great combination in this book. Also another chance to learn more about the Civil War in our state.

  9. Brenda Carroll

    November 24, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I would love to win this. My grandson loves civil war history. I would love to pass it down to him.

  10. susan tolson

    November 24, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve always been interested in the civil war period and have visited many battlefields around the area.

  11. Kathleen Bishop

    November 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I love historical novels about the Civil War.

  12. Jerry Franklin

    November 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I love a good historical read.

  13. Terry Bacon

    November 24, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I enjoy reading books about the Civil War.

  14. Teresa Cutshall

    November 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I enjoy Civil War stories and especially here in Tennessee.

  15. Tina

    November 24, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Love reading local history!

  16. Pamela T

    November 25, 2018 at 4:20 am

    I enjoy historical fiction, especially about Tennessee.

  17. Melody Hensley

    November 25, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Love Tennessee and civil war history so would love to read this novel!

  18. Robin Cardin

    November 25, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Growing up with really no interest in the Civil War, 2 years ago got started on an ancestery hunt from paperwork left to me from my aunt who had just passed, in doing so I started tying actual kin folk into the war, finding Civil War transcripts and battles they actually participated in and died in, so my interest has very much increased especially in the east TN area.

  19. bob frey

    November 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I enjoy books about the civil war

  20. Karen Lively

    November 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    This is an awesome book! Would love to win a copy for a stocking stuffer for my Civil War buff cousin.

  21. Ray Morris

    November 25, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I had an ancestor who fought with the gray. And rode with Forest. Would love to read this book and share with my son. Who enjoys history as much as I do

  22. Jim Joesel

    November 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    The book sounds right up my alley! Live in Tennessee and love the history here!

  23. Deloris Raby Smith

    November 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I like Tennessee History and would like to have this book.
    Thank you!

  24. Mary Battles

    November 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I love to read

  25. Jane B. Mayo

    November 27, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Would like to be one of the winners as THE TREASURE KEEPER of our family history & so many family honorably participated in this war. I am preparing heirloom keepsake booklets for our descendants as gifts (not for sale) and this book would help to prove whether some of the info I have is Fact or Fable.

  26. Chad

    November 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I would love to Give this as a gift

  27. Carolyn Miller

    November 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Family really likes Civil War items and reenactments.

  28. Alice Pryor

    November 28, 2018 at 9:26 am

    It’s just wonderful to have a magazine about the area in which I’ve lived a great deal of my life – and where some of my ancestors came in 1778.

  29. Jackie Watson

    November 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I like reading about the Civil War.

  30. benita

    November 28, 2018 at 11:31 am

    two of my great,great grandfathers fought in the war,one for the north and one for the south.

  31. sherry meyers

    November 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I am looking forward to reading “In the Hills of Tennessee” and am happy that Rick is going to write a series. I always feel like the characters are friends and I am always sorry if there is only one book instead od a series.

  32. Scott Sudbury

    November 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I had 5 relatives that fought got the Madrid Bend Guard in Obion and Lake counties. I’m very interested in the Civil War in Tennessee

  33. Brenda

    November 29, 2018 at 10:28 am

    We live in Weakley county and would love to have your book and read about the Civil War in this area.

  34. Linda browning

    November 29, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I love history an books

  35. Larry Mosley

    December 1, 2018 at 8:45 am

    My wife wants this book x-big history buff.

  36. Amy Ayers

    December 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Hard to imagine how life changed so quickly for him.

  37. Tony p. Smith

    December 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    My wife is member of the daughters of the confederacy and would like this book for her club chapter.

  38. Judy Canon

    April 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I’ll buy this book as soon as it is available and I can find it!!!!

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