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This historical narrative set during the Civil War endeavors to explain the strong allegiance to the Union by the people from the Appalachian regions of eastern Kentucky.

The narrative was written as a labor of love, born from deep sentiments instilled during the author’s youth from stories by his grandfather.

The history centers on residents of Laurel, Jackson & Rockcastle Counties, Kentucky who almost unanimously supported the Union while holding cultural affection and commercial ties to their southern neighbors.

When the War started, four unique souls (George Freeman, White Freeman, Endeman Tussey and Hector Scoville) joined what would become the 24th Kentucky Infantry Regiment.

The author, James W. Freeman, is related to three of them.

The triumphs and tribulations of the brave men and women from that time period should not be forgotten. Future generations need to have a better understanding of the Appalachian Americans and their contributions to preserving the Union.

This is the story of those Boys of Laurel.
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In reading Boys of Laurel, I am constantly reminded of the incredible sacrifice of those who answered the CALL to preserve our Union during the Civil War. Dr. Freeman successfully documents the historical perspective of service rendered by the 24th Kentucky, while clearly illustrating the character and desire to solidify further the very essence of God, Family, and Country.
Donald C. Storm
Major General, USA
Retired
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James White Freeman, a native of Laurel County Kentucky, currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Ellen.

He holds a doctorate degree in Experimental Pathology and spent more than thirty years as a Professor of Oncology and Cancer Researcher.

The Boys of Laurel, his first novel, is a culmination of years of research about the role of the Twenty-fourth Kentucky Infantry Regiment (US) during the American Civil War.

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Appomattox Court House

General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the early afternoon of April 9, 1865. General Lee realizing that he was surrounded and all supplies cut off agreed to met with General Grant and discuss terms of surrender.
The meeting took place in the village of Appomattox Court House in the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home. The village of Appomattox Court House is now protected as part of the National Park Service.
The accompanying pictures show some recent pictures of the McLean house and the room where the two Generals met and agreed to terms of surrender.
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Photos by James W. Freeman
JWF — Wednesday, July 1st 2021
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