Timothy Woods

I'm delighted to announce, after a 7+ year journey, the release of my Civil War novel, 'Grant Me Timely Grace.' The book's title comes from an Edmund Spenser sonnet that thematically speaks to the weariness of war (aren't we all). In attempting to say something fresh in a Civil War novel, I've woven into the narrative several under-represented topics. A major character, Gerard Chantier, is a Southern spy; yet, unlike most portraits of Confederates he is not a racist. In fact, the only person he considers a friend is his Black secretary, James Bayeaux. In addition, this story integrates international dimensions of the war that are woefully under-appreciated by the non-Civil War scholar. Britain and France were one incident away from entering our Civil War for their own geo-political purposes. I grew up in a New England family, but my mother came from the South. I have ancestors who fought on both sides of the conflict, and The American Civil War was always debated at our table. I hope my novel has done justice to some of the war's paradoxes and complexities. As Charles P. Roland so aptly put it, The Civil War is the American Illiad.
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