Author will share Civil War stories
Charlotte Shover had a list of the battles her great grandfather August Temme faught in during the Civil War. It wasn’t much, but it was just enough to get the Rosemount woman started on an incredible journey.
Over a five year period, Shover set out to learn how her grandfather lived and where his regiment was during each of the battles on the list. Augustus R. Temme served with the 70th New York Volunteer Infantry.
As part of her research she travelled to Virginia three times and to Gettysburg, Penn. once. She spoke with historians about the battles and pored over the journals and letters of soldiers who were in her great grandfather’s regiment or were near the same locations at the same battles.
“I wanted to know how he survived and what he experienced,” said Shover.
While her great-grandfather didn’t leave behind any journals or letters, Shover said through her research she was able to determine that he didn’t serve on the front lines often, which likely saved his life. She also knows that her grandfather was literate and served as a clerk during some of the battles.
With years worth of research, Shover decided it would be best to write a book. The Civil War has been written about extensively, so it was not likely she would make any money off it but she decided it would be a keepsake her family could pass down for years.
“It’s sort of cool to put the information in an accessible format,” said Shover.
As part the Rosemount Area Art Council’s Meet the Author series, Shover will talk about her research and the process of putting together her book at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Robert Trail Library. Shover said she will not sell books but rather will talk about her research and how she went about tackling the project.
Shover said she really enjoyed the process and has a second project in the works. Her husband’s great grandfather also lived during the time of the Civil War but he mined for gold near Virginia City, Mont.
“It’s a rewarding hobby and I think it’s fun,” said Shover.