When General Sherman asks his old friend Frederick Douglass Macdonald to write to the widow of President Lincoln and describe his service as a negro soldier in the Union Army, Macdonald produces more than letters. His journals and correspondence open a window on an unseen side of the American Civil War. Son of a fugitive slave who escaped to Canada, Macdonald was a reporter and met John Brown before turning his back on a promising career and safe life to join the Union cause. In the thick of Sherman’s March to the Sea, he finds himself working directly for the general and is soon embroiled in events that no man of his race could ever anticipate. Even after the great victory parade in Washington, the war isn’t through with Macdonald. He has no reason to suspect the impending upheaval with his wife — whose Civil War secret will rock him to the core.
Bruce has led the kind of life found mostly in novels. Journalist, photographer, editor, teacher and wanderer, his travel writing and photography have appeared in publications around the world garnering national and international awards. Folk singer Stan Rogers wrote a song about one of Bruce’s adventures for his last album From Fresh Water. Bruce has covered America’s Cup yacht racing and Canadian Royal tours. He collaborated with his wife, Laurie Carter, on the photo book Gifts of the Okanagan. Bruce lives with Laurie and their two cats in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.