A former Green Beret will speak to the Historical Society on his novel about the American Revolution.
“A Passel of Hate” is a novel of historical fiction in which passions flair and families are divided leading up to the 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. This topic will be presented at Rockingham City Hall at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20.
Author Joe Epley is founder of Epley Associates, Inc. which he sold in 2005 and retired. He remained active in community affairs. He is recognized internationally for his leadership in public relations.
According to the August newsletter of the Richmond County Historical Society, Epley researched his work of fact-based historical fiction that offers a gripping account of how, in the frontier Carolinas, the Revolution tore families and communities apart as allegiances were split between loyalists and revolutionaries, much as was the case in Richmond County.
One reader said the book gave them a new and complete understanding of the terms “Whig” and “Tory.” Readers have said the book depicts families torn by conflict and ideas, “rather than a black-and-white battle between good and evil,” said the newsletter.
In other news:
• Jim McCaskill resigned from the Historical Society board where he served as vice president. Wilson Moore was appointed vice president for the remainder of the year. Olivia Webb was appointed as a board member to replace Moore and serve the remainder of his term.
• Jimmy McDonald has been given the responsibility of maintaining the society’s website.
• Richmond County Historical Society books have been selling in the past several months with 10 Camp Mackall history books being sold to Homestead Air Force Reserve Base in Florida.
• Civil War re-enactors are thinking about an event in Richmond County some time in 2015.
• There is discussion to collect old school annuals. In addition to donation annuals to the society, loans may be made so the books can be digitized and returned. To assist, call Neal Cadieu at 910-895-1660 or Robbyn Sumpter at 910-582-2950.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.