Native Ohioan and Civil War author Steve Harris will be the guest of honor at a wine and cheese reception starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the Victorian Inn, 5622 E. Harbor Rd. in Marblehead. Harris will speak on his research and writing of “Faded Lines of Gray”, a Civil War era historical novel set largely in the Sandusky and Erie Islands area. Mr. Harris’ visit to Marblehead will conclude his summer Northern Ohio presentation and book signing tour in conjunction with the American Civil War Museum of Ohio in Tiffin, the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland and the Sandusky Library.
“Faded Lines of Gray” is based on one of the most daring exploits of the Civil War: a Confederate plan to free thousands of rebel officers held captive on Johnson’s Island in Lake Erie while simultaneously capturing the only Union warship on the Great Lakes, the USS Michigan. Once freed, the rebel prisoners would make their way south, with support from Confederate sympathizers along the way, to rejoin fighting forces in the South. Meanwhile, a Confederate crew would sail the Michigan from Detroit to Buffalo, shelling these key Northern cities and others along the way. The Johnson’s Island plan was one of several developed by Confederate operatives in Canada to take the war “behind the lines” to a war-weary North in hopes of heightening anti-war sentiment and defeating Abraham Lincoln in his 1864 presidential re-election bid.
“We are so pleased to be able to invite the community to come meet Steve and get an inside look into how authors develop ideas and convert them to published works,” said Victorian Inn’s Ann Duez. “He is a lively and entertaining speaker, and we are looking forward to this event.”