1864, the tail-end of the Civil War in Tennessee. A Confederate soldier wakes up underneath his dead horse with little memory of his past life. Isolated and wounded, he crawls to safety, managing to survive the frigid nights in the wild. Foraging for supplies, he discovers an unusual horse, who he names Dirt and a mule named Red. Saving a local Reverend and his wife in a chance encounter, the man slowly becomes a local legend, offering medical assistance, as well as brute-force solutions to the problems caused by bushwhackers and scalawags. Join Dr. McCollum Self as he fights murderers, rapists, and his own demons, in a desperate quest to survive a country torn in two and discover who he really is.
Daniel R Holladay DVM is a native Tennessean, a multi-degreed historian, mathematician, chemist, Veterinarian, Public Health Officer for the USDA, ex law enforcement, Federal Investigator and full-time author. He worked as a cancer researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, TN, then spent 20 years as a Federal Investigator, and eight years as a Deputy Sheriff. He has been a hunter, a tennis player for more than thirty years, and a University Tennis Coach. Daniel has traveled extensively in the United States and Western Europe. His many life experiences, his childhood in the countryside of West Tennessee and his extensive formal education have provided him with the expertise to write this book, to entertain, teach and involve the reader, with accuracy, emotion and wit. Holladay has one son, who works in the Department of State and a wife of nearly 50 years. He considers the writing process a pleasure and hopes to enlighten and entertain a broad demographic with his work.