The story of Tilman Manus is compelling. Born in the middle Tennessee hills in 1835 when Andrew Jackson was President, he learned early the meaning of hard work. Leaving Cann Country to transport the Wallace family to Shreveport, Tilman and Uncle James decide to seek a future in the fertile Mississippi River land of Union County, Illiis. An eyewitness to some of the greatest events of history, Manus attended a Lincoln-Douglas debate, fought for the Union in the Civil War under Grant, helped lay the tracks for the railroad, and was a farmer who found the secret of a long life in simple living. Nearing the age of 106, Tilman lived to see the Roosevelt New Deal and the great depression. He was a remarkable man and quite the storyteller. In this historical fiction vel, Keith Pruitt, a kinsman, relates the remarkable nature of a bygone era.
Keith Pruitt is an educator with a fascination for history dating back to his early childhood in Nashville. In the last four years, he has undertaken to enhance the teaching of history in schools by having students connect to their family history. It was during that pursuit that Pruitt first became acquainted with Tilman Manus, his grandmother's cousin. Familiar with the Manus family of Cannon County, his adventures have taken his to Anna, Cobden, Woodbury, Jonesboro, Vicksburg, Memphis, Natchez and to Lick Creek. I want people to know it was people like Tilman Manus who made American history. His story and countless others must be told.