PTSD during the Civil War? In her new book, “In Wrath Remember Mercy: The Redemption of Torquil Dhu,” local author Aquila Dhu addresses this subject in a new action-adventure novel. Human action and reaction combine with internal struggles for a young Confederate soldier, in a double crisis of faith and struggle to overcome the effects of war.
While today the term PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) has become familiar and broadened to include all trauma, research shows that even during the Civil War era and earlier, the concept was recognized, for warriors have always paid tribute in body and mind.
What was called a “wounded spirit” or being “overwhelmed by a catastrophe” during the civil war, also became known as shell shock and combat fatigue in later conflicts.
A long-time Norwood resident, author Aquila Dhu has interwoven her varied life experiences and knowledge of the wilderness and agriculture, along with her love and extensive research into history, into the details of the ‘history.
Grand Junction Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Rd., Will host an author signing session on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Interested readers can meet Aquila Dhu and learn more about the story.
In the books, she introduces us to a teenage boy who loves Virginia and her home on the family estate there. As the family opposes slavery, they are attached to their home and to Virginia, so he, his father, and his brother set out to fight for Confederation.
So Torquil Dhu Drummond begins a journey that will test him and almost destroy him.
His natural leadership abilities led him to battlefield victories first in the Civil War and then with the US military fighting the Indian Wars during the colonization of Western Territories.
But the story takes the reader even more intensely through the inner journey of this wounded young warrior, battling demons on the inside while facing enemies on the outside. After witnessing the murder of his only living family members, his father and brother, he swears revenge but lives to regret it.
His faith in God is the constant foundation throughout Torquil’s story, and God, through that faith, saves and redeems him, although at times the outcome is uncertain. He struggles to leave righteousness to God, but testifies that righteousness “sets things right and is like solid ground on which to tread.” “
After a fight harder than anything he has known on the battlefield, he submits to the righteousness of God, recognizing that this is a demanding and higher standard based on eternal and perfect character. of God. He learns the truth that God’s righteousness goes beyond reward and punishment to offer mercy and redemption, which are offered but must be accepted.
Woven with historical precision through the author’s years of study, the fictional tale takes Torquil from a loving home in Virginia, to military service first in the Civil War, then west with the military. American fighting the Indian wars, finally returning to formal study at the Virginia Military Institute and at home.
Yet moments of flashback suggest personal knowledge of PTSD that the author admits to having also experienced. Her own story of struggling to forgive and live beyond the trauma is revealed in Torquil’s triumph.
âThere is healing, and you learn to live with the memories, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get through it all,â admits author Aquila Dhu. “We must forgive the people who have hurt us, then forgive God for allowing this to happen, then reaffirm that forgiveness over and over again as needed, until faith and confidence in God’s perfect plan. are part of ourselves. “
“In Wrath Remember Mercy” is his first book.
In Wrath Remember Mercy: The Redemption of Torquil Dhu (ISBN-10: 978-1-950892-79-2, $ 14.99), published in May by Carpenter’s Son Publishing. For more information, visit http://inwrathremembermercy.com.
Young Confederate soldier Torquil Drummond has a pure heart for God until a Yankee officer murders his family. His world is shattered; he is traumatized; its rationality is outdated. Berserk for revenge, he is driven by his “demon” towards spiritual and bodily destruction. He repents of vengeance and hatred and tries to walk righteously on a wavering earth beneath him, because he feels that God has forsaken him and that righteousness is dead. It is more a sacrifice for him to live than to die.
Man against himself, man against God, and man against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places, are Torquil’s battles to regain his original character and his Christian faith.
Through war and suffering, repentance and effort but failing to overcome the “devil,” he discovers that only God can truly heal and redeem. Torquil’s redemption is told in three love stories: man and God, father and son, and man and woman.