LeBron Matthews has been writing for biblical and theological publications for over twenty-five years. Tides of War: A Novel of the American Civil War is his first work of historical fiction. LeBron grew up near Chickamauga National Battlefield. As a child he listened intently as his grandmother told him about the family’s experiences in “the war.” These experiences created a lifelong interest in the Civil War. He became an avid student of the era and a hard-core reenactor for many years.  A childhood fantasy was fulfilled when he portrayed a Confederate soldier in a living history demonstration commemorating the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.

LeBron served in Vietnam as an infantry soldier with the 4th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a retired pastor and lives in Columbus, Georgia, with his wife Pamela. 

Tides of War captures the essence of one man’s journey through one of the most turbulent times in American history. I found myself imagining what it felt like to be on his odyssey. Edwin Anderson battles Yankees and struggles with his own values and beliefs. The intimacy of family and friends, the camaraderie forged in battle, travel on nineteenth-century railroads, and the vivid descriptions of iconic landmarks of that era invite the reader into a paradoxical experience of emotions.
— Thom Radice, American Civil War Railroad Historical Society



Tides of War

The bombardment of Fort Sumter confronts Edwin Anderson with a momentous choice. The Mexican War veteran has a wife and two small children. He is the pastor of a small Baptist church and had been a Cooperationist during the secession debates in Georgia. But like so many others, he is swept up in the tide of patriotic enthusiasm that engulfs the entire Deep South. His decision to enlist in the famed Columbus Guards dramatically changes everything.

The tide of men enlisting in the Confederate army also alters the lives of those left behind. Polly Brenton and her husband, Richard, are close friends of Edwin and his wife, Ann. Polly is shunned by polite society because of a scandalous past. Like Edwin, Richard is a member of the Columbus Guards. When Edwin and Richard march off to war, Ann, her children, and Polly move to Ann’s father’s plantation. The two women struggle to cope in a topsy-turvy world while fearing their husbands might never return.

In Tides of War, the bloody conflicts of the American Civil War transform the couples’ lives forever: their marriages, their beliefs about God, and their relationships with each other.

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-21-8 |260 Pages
HISTORY / Military / United States / Civil War