Farm Bureau Member Pens Civil War Novel
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 rickrevel.com.