This story carries one through four generations of the Coleman family, beginning with Sam Coleman, who married his young wife, Jeannette Freer, in Illiis. They moved by wagon to Virginia before it split into the rthern state of West Virginia and the southern state of Virginia. The Thurmond family with its 13 children is also followed through four generations. Much of the story is centered on the years that the Civil War was fought, some of its major battles, and activity in the vicinity of the border of the two Virginias. It also portrays the post-war lives of both heroes, James Willard Coleman and William Dabney Thurmond, sons of the Virginias who became engrossed in the Civil War.
Kenneth Holtzclaw is a native of California, born in La Habra in southern California, but spent his childhood in central California. After serving 4 years in the US Navy, he settled in Riverside, California and married Margaret Gould. They had three children: Kenneth Kelly and twins, Brenda Bea and Brian Lee. The author is a graduate of La Sierra University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. He has worked as an analytical chemist in two small California towns, for both B.F. Goodrich's Aerospace Division in Rialto and Lockheed Propulsion in Mentone. Later he was employed at the University of California, Riverside, as a Research Associate, doing basic research for the Departments of Air Pollution and Soil and Environmental Sciences. During his career he was recognized by Who's Who in California, 17th Edition, 1988 and Who's Who in the West, 18th Edition, 1982-1983 for his research. He retired from the University of California after 27 years. He is the author of 7 Arcadia of Images of America books, 1 Acadia of Images of Sports book, and co-author of 1 Arcadia of Images of America book. His most recent book, The Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe was published by Custom Books Publishing. He has served a number of years on the Board of the San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society as a Director and also as a Director on the Board of Ranch Hands of the Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum. He was recently instrumental in helping establish The Pass Historical Museum, in Beaumont, California, operated by the San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society.