Former mayor to release Civil War era novel set in Augusta

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Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is now president of Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. He is releasing his first novel, The Treasure Train, set in Augusta during the closing days of the Civil War.  SPECIAL
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Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is now president of Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. He is releasing his first novel, The Treasure Train, set in Augusta during the closing days of the Civil War.

Bob Young, who in Jan­uary became the president of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, has now written his first novel: The Trea­sure Train, set in Augusta during the closing days of the Civil War.

“The of­fi­cial release date of March 3 is to coincide with the Au­gus­ta Lit­erary Festival, but it should be available online before that,” said Young, who began the book in January 2009.

The book’s central character is Confederate Treasury Agent Patrick Graham, who is sent to Augusta to break up a major counterfeiting operation. He falls for a lonely war widow and is challenged to protect railroad cars that are filled with Confederate gold.

Young’s research led him to places including Wash­ington, Ga., and Abbe­ville, S.C.

“I took real people, real places, real events – even real conversations – and wove them together,” he said. “The common thread is a fictional story with fictional characters, but there is a lot of local history.”

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/08/12 - 02:47 pm
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Good luck on your novel, Bob.

Good luck on your novel, Bob. How about one on local politics?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/09/12 - 01:32 pm
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I for one will want to read

I for one will want to read it.......the Civil War wasn't pretty but it brought out the best/worst of humankind....Washington Ga ha always been a favorite little town to me....so much history around there--Crawfordville is packed with history....do you know that the oldest Roman Catholic Church (in ga) was just a few miles from Crawfordville......many movies are made there now......big movie stars star in some of these movies.

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David Parker 02/09/12 - 10:23 am
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@ WIllow, getting his

@ WIllow, getting his perspective on local politics would be interesting for sure.

Treasure Train the movie. Get Billy Bob Thornton for the lead = instant blockbuster.

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Riverman1 02/09/12 - 10:50 am
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The lost Confederate gold at

The lost Confederate gold at the end of the war has always been intriguing. I wonder if he touches on that aspect.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/09/12 - 10:52 am
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http://www.georgiabulletin.or

http://www.georgiabulletin.org/local/1978/08/03/c/

Oldest in Ga.....if you are Catholic this may of interest ...it seems the Sherlocks & Carrols have been with us a long time too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/09/12 - 11:02 am
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SeenIt, they were probably

SeenIt, they were probably coating driveways back then.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/09/12 - 11:03 am
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You are keeeling me!!!lol

You are keeeling me!!!lol

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/09/12 - 11:05 am
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You are the only one who got

You are the only one who got that I bet. Okay..back to the salt mines for me. Later.

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