As dawn broke on February 19 1865, W. B. Smith Whaley stared at the surreal scene unfolding before him. From the roof of the Lower Street Mill, he could see the city of Columbia, South Carolina smoldering in ruin, gory evidence of 'the glory of the coming of the Lord." The train depot was in ashes, boxcars overturned and train rails twisted into Sherman bow ties by the invading Union forces.
Immediately before him he saw "the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps' occupied by over ten thousand Federal troops awaiting orders to "loose the fateful lightening of the Lord's terrible swift sword" on the Lower Street Mill into which Whaley had barricaded all the residents of the mill village for protection. Whaley, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur, faced the crisis of his life. How could he save the Mill and his employees from destruction?
In this fictional history, Joby Castine has woven a story of intrigue, conspiracy, greed and murder set against the background of the harshness of the end of the Civil War resulting in present day supernatural ramifications. Were there sprites in the spinning room? Was there wailing in the weave room? Are there still ghosts in the Mill? If so, who are they and what do they want?
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About the Author
Castine was born eighty-nine years after the events described in this book supposedly occurred. Castine majored in History at the University of South Carolina graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Not satisfied with that he subjected himself to three years of law school earning ( and I mean earning) a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Castine put his law degree to good use by securing and maintaining gainful employment as Underwriting Counsel for national title insurance companies for the last thirty-three plus years.
In his spare time he roots for the Gamecocks, participates in community service activities and writes books, whether he should or not. He has previuoulsy published Gamecocks & Lintheads and two childrrens book, Cami Camel's Christmas carol and Abraham's rams