Swords and Plowshares

by Carl J. Barger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/6/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 512
ISBN : 9781414071466
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 512
ISBN : 9781414071473

About the Book

SWORDS AND PLOWSHARES is an epic tale of one family’s struggles in the cauldron that shaped modern America: The Civil War.  More than merely a war novel, though, SWORDS AND PLOWSHARES traces three generations of the Barger family in an historically accurate narrative that extends from Tennessee to Missouri, and from the 1820's into the twentieth century. 

The book focuses on the lives of two remarkable men, Allen Barger and his son James.  It is a story of their triumph over the rigors and hardships of frontier life during the 19th century, of their love and sorrow, their struggles and battles, their successes and failures, and of the abiding religious conviction that gave them the strength to endure.  From a genealogical prospective, the book is a living family history--historical and genealogical research have been combined to bring to life generations of an American family.  From an historical perspective, the novel provides a grippingly realistic portrayal of life in mid-nineteenth Century America and of the hardworking, God-fearing people who built this nation and held it together when it was torn asunder.  Allen Barger and James Barger typify countless nameless legions of the common folk that made America what it is today, and the retelling of their story honors every family descended from the stalwart stock of the American frontier.

About the Author

The author of SWORDS AND PLOWSHARES was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  He was educated in the public schools of Greers Ferry and Quitman, Arkansas, in Cleburne County.

He served thirty-seven years in the public schools of Arkansas.  Thirty-three of those years were spent as a superintendent of schools.

He retired on June 30, 2001, and makes his home in Conway, Arkansas.  He has been married to Lena Dollar for thirty-nine years.  They have three children: Carla Lynn Barger Phillips of Boise, Idaho; Jeffrey Christopher Barger of Austin, Texas; and Jonathan Curtis Barger of Monticello, Arkansas.  He is a grandfather of three: Hannah Caralynn, Hayden Carl, and Houston Lee Phillips of Boise, Idaho.

Carl’s hobbies are doing genealogy research, writing novels, golfing, and spending quality time with his family.