Eric Schlehlein is a freelance writer and historian, with a deep appreciation for all things Americana. He has served his community the last fourteen years as a member of the Hartland Fire Department and has served as president of the Hartland Firefighters Association, Inc., where he is now well into his third term. He lives in Hartland, Wisconsin with his wife and three children. www.EricSchlehlein.com
Black Iron Mercy
18 years after the Battle of Gettysburg, Arlis Jenkins has found some contentment in owning a livery in a small Wisconsin town. Every day he struggles to cope with a lifetime of affliction and hardship in a time that has yet to understand the traumatic effects of such events on the mind. Arlis wants nothing more than to put the war and his troubled past behind him, shunning public admiration and declining invitations to reunions of his former regiment, the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers. But now, distorted testimonies and stolen valor ignite fervor within, and Arlis realizes that if history is to get the story straight, he must overcome his angst in reliving it, lest he and his brethren be omitted from the annals of the days that defined them as men, as soldiers, as victors.
Told in a series of flashbacks, Black Iron Mercy is a poignant tale of love and faith, war and discord; a family shattered by loss and sorrow, and a man who struggles every day to hold onto hope.
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-18-8 | 324 Pages
FICTION / Historical