Civil War Love Story Comes To Life
WTCC Journalism Instructor Showcases Novel
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15, 2010) - It was 1865. The Civil War had just ended and Union soldiers were patrolling the streets of Chapel Hill. When a young Union general fell in love with the daughter of former North Carolina governor and then-UNC President David Swain, reaction to their North-South courtship and marriage was swift and often unforgiving.
More than a century later, the great-great granddaughter of General Smith Akins and Ella Swain tells the true story of this unlikely and often controversial couple. "Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General," is the work of Wake Tech English and journalism instructor Suzy Barile. Barile was inspired to write the novel after she discovered letters written by her great-great grandmother.
Barile talked about her book at Howell Library on Wake Tech's Main Campus Friday. She read excerpts of her book and signed copies for those who attended.
"Growing up in the Triangle, I had heard stories about my ancestors and the controversy that resulted from their love affair," said Barile. "I'm so glad to finally set the record straight, and bring their story to life."
This is Barile's first published novel. Other upcoming book-signings include:
March 17, 12:00 noon NC Museum of History, Raleigh
March 18, 9:00 a.m. Wilson Community College, Wilson
March 18, 6:30 p.m. Sons of Union Veterans, Wake Co. Cooperative Extension Bldg., Raleigh
March 20, 12:30 p.m. Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, Four Oaks
April 5, 7:00 p.m. Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill
May 13, 4:00 p.m. The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines
May 20, 7:00 p.m. Civil War Roundtable, Southern Pines Civic Club, Southern Pines
Barile's experience includes reporting for Triangle-area newspapers including The Cary News, Triangle Business Journal and the News and Observer in Raleigh. She has won awards from organizations including the N.C. Press Association, the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and the N.C. Society of Historians.