Author to read from historical book
Author Karen Kay Knauss will read and sign copies of her new book, “The Thorny Truth and Their Civil” at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Blue Ridge Books.
Knauss, originally from Oklahoma, will share poetic stories about her ancestors who lived in East Fork Township, Haywood County, North Carolina, during the Civil War.
From the mystic Blue Ridge Mountain country in North Carolina come the stories of two families that endured the dreadful years of Civil War. The experiences of Branch H. M. Trull and John Pinkney Meece, as well as those of their wives, children, and relatives, have been shared with six generations of their descendants.
With "The Thorny Truth and Their Civil War," Knauss continues to share their personal and poignant stories through the voice of poetry. The poems are filled with the history of the War as it took place in Western North Carolina —the raids, battles and skirmishes, victories, ultimate defeat, and particularly, of the everyday life of the men and women who lived in Haywood County during the War.
Knauss comments about her work, “The ugliness of war was there in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains for four years, and the thorny truth of the Civil War will haunt the hearts of Americans forever. These poems remember — so that we may forgive, so that America may never again tremble from within.”
Knauss is the great, great, granddaughter of Branch H. M. and Miriam Killian Trull, and John Pinkney and Hannah Warren Meece. Both families lived in East Fork Township during the Civil War, and many of their descendants currently live in Haywood and neighboring counties of North Carolina.
She has researched their history to the 1500s, and has co-authored two genealogical chronicles. The poems have been inspired by the stories and letters Karen shared with two of her great aunts, Iza Trull and Virgie Meece Robinson. Her great grandparents moved to Oklahoma in 1908.