Levi is a man beset by problems. While he is wealthy, his riches are always being threatened in many different ways. As a Tax Collector for the Roman Empire, he is shunned by his fellow Jews as being ritually impure, and so all Jews want to cheat him out of tax money. Being shunned deeply wounds Levi, because he had once dreamed of being a Rabbi. He had studied in Jerusalem under the great teacher, Gamaliel, but was out shone by a fellow student, whom he hated, Paul. Compounding things, Levi also knows that the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate, is soon to come to visit him, probably with the intention of charging him much more money to purchase the tax contracts for the toll booth at Capernaum. His brother, James, who is a fisherman, with his partner, Peter, keeps nagging him to come and listen to an itinerant preacher, Jesus, whose message is that the wealthy should give all their riches to the poor. Finally, his wife, Miriam, who loves to spend money on luxury items and dreams of visiting Rome, probably married him only for his wealth and may have a roving eye. Meanwhile, there are bandits, led by Iscariot, in
the desert threatening the caravans hauling spices, silk, and other precious luxury goods, which produce the enormous tolls at Levi’s toll booth. When his best friend, a Greek merchant named Maes, arrives in Capernaum with his huge caravan, which arrival should have solved most of Levi’s problems, everything in Levi’s life comes apart. What can put Levi’s life together again?
About the Author:
William D. McEachern lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his wife. He is a father and a grandfather. Mr. McEachern matriculated fromDuke University, earned his Law Degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a Master’s in Law Degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He has practiced law for 41 years, but now devotes almost full time to being a historian, writing novels of historical fiction and lecturing on historical topics. An avid reader of history, he thoroughly researches and travels extensively to lend authenticity and realism to his works. Returning to the world of Casting Lots, Mr. McEachern before writing The Life of Levi re-examined in depth numerous translations of the Gospel of Matthew, the latest archaeology of the Sea of Galilee region, including Capernaum, and visited numerous places in the Ancient Roman Empire and museums pertaining thereto. Mr. McEachern’s first novel, Casting Lots, which was the life story of the Centurion who presided over the Crucifixion, and which garnered excellent reviews, is continued in The Life of Levi. Mr. McEachern’s last two
novels, New Caledonia: A Song of America and Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy were both selected as Finalists for the Best Historical Fiction for the Year 2017 and 2018. Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy is also rated 4 stars out of 4 stars by the Online Book Club.$2.99–$33.75
“During the siege of Petersburg at the end of the American Civil War, a Confederate soldier, manning the trenches, reflects on life, love, and the War, while awaiting the climactic battle of the Breakthrough.”
Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy tells the epic tale of a young Confederate soldier, James Augustus McEachern, hunkered down in the trenches of the besieged City of Petersburg in the hours before the climactic battle of the Breakthrough, in which the Union Army overruns the Confederate Army, leading to the surrender at Appomattox. James retells, in mental ‘letters’ to his wife, his experiences in the War. His story starts with joining the militia during the heady days after Lincoln’s election and South Carolina’s secession. Next, he recalls the firing upon Ft. Sumter. Joining Wade Hampton’s Legion, he is brigaded with John Bell Hood’s legendary Texans. Seriously wounded at Seven Pines, he still participates in Lee’s first victory at Gaines’ Mill. His exploits include fighting in many of the greatest battles of the Civil War in both the eastern and western theatres of the War, such as Antietam, Second Manassas, and the siege of Chattanooga, and as well as on lesser known fields of honor, such as Wauhatchie and Riddell’s Shop. Uniquely, he serves as infantry and as mounted infantry. His ‘letters’ to his wife reveals the depth of their relationship and the sacrifices each has made for the other. Through the War, he comes to know some of the most famous Generals of the Confederacy, including A. P. Hill, James Longstreet, and Braxton Bragg. Has this prepared him for the greatest charge of the Civil War-the Breakthrough-and its consequences, including watching Richmond burn to the ground?
Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy is the result of years of research. This journey has taken the author to the National Archives to find the actual military records of James Augustus McEachern, as well as surveying the battlefields of the Siege of Petersburg and Breakthrough at Pamplin Park, and all the other battles recounted in the novel. Finally, Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy employs actual letters written by James to his wife, Victoria, during the War.
William D. McEachern lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his wife. He is a father and a grandfather. Mr. McEachern received his B. A. from Duke University, his Juris Doctor Degree from Fordham University School of Law, and his Master’s in Law Degree in Taxation was from New York University School of Law. He practiced trusts, estates, and tax law for 39 years, before becoming a full time historian, writing novels of historical fiction. An avid reader of history, he thoroughly researches and travels extensively to lend authenticity and realism to his works. To write Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy, Mr. McEachern visited, among other battlefields, the site of the Breakthrough, preserved in Pamplin Park in Petersburg, Virginia on numerous occasions and consulted with numerous Civil War historians. His areas of expertise include the Roman Empire, Early Christianity, Scotland, and United States History with a particular emphasis on the American Revolution and the Civil War. Mr. McEachern’s first novel, Casting Lots, the life story of the Centurion who presided over the Crucifixion, garnered excellent reviews. His 2nd novel, Caledonia: A Song of Scotland, explored Scottish history up to the Battle of Culloden and the beginning of the Highland Clearances. New Caledonia: A Song of America, the 2nd novel in the Caledonia series, follows the Scots migration from Scotland to America, as they walk the Great Wagon Road and finally settle in North and South Carolina during the era of the French and Indian War and the America Revolution. Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy is the story of the experiences of a Scot from South Carolina fighting for the Confederacy in the days just before the end of the Civil War.$22.99–$34.99