Deals, steals, and news from author Michelle Isenhoff.

It pays to have connections, doesn't it?

It just so happens that my good friend and 6th grade teacher (who turns 97 next month!) has a niece who purchased the historic home of Colonel Benjamin Prichard. Never heard of him? I hadn't either, and I've studied the Civil War extensively. Turns out, this was one of those unexpected glimpses into history that I just love!

Colonel Prichard served in the 4th Michigan, which captured Jefferson Davis after he made a break for freedom. You may recall the story of the Confederate president escaping in women's clothing (image below). It was probably just a cloak, but a fugitive in drag made a more sensational story. Anyhoo, Colonel Prichard was the fellow in charge of that operation. I knew Michigan had a claim to fame for this capture. I just hadn't known the commander's name...or realized that he hailed from the same county as me. How had I missed that? When my teacher told me she could arrange a private tour of the house, I jumped at the opportunity!

The house is beautiful. It has been updated in the century and a half since Colonel Prichard built it, but my teacher's niece and her husband try to maintain the historical flavor. In fact, it still contains a gorgeous circular stairway with the original wood carved by Mr. Prichard himself. He was quite a craftsman. The house sets on a hill in Allegan, Michigan that overlooks the winding Kalamazoo River. Here are a couple snapshots. Note how even the tree has been replanted!

If you enjoy glimpses into history as much as I do, spend a little time in living in the past this week. The first book of my Civil War-era Ella Wood trilogy (pictured at the top) is currently FREE on all major vendors. Go ahead. Indulge yourself. This one's on me.

Before you go, be sure to check out the books and promos featured below. They're always free or bargain priced. I generally bounce between speculative and historical fiction (the main genres I write in), and sometimes some fantasy, middle grade, or a bit of romance, just to keep things interesting. 

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Michelle Isenhoff

A former teacher and longtime homeschooler, MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for children and adults. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. Michelle writes from Michigan where she bikes all summer and wears flip-flops all winter.