Growing up listening to tales about his great-great-grandfather Joseph Denson made Arthur “Butch” Carroll want to write a novel about his ancestor.
His book “Confederate Jasmine” has a twist that’s worthy of a Hollywood movie. Denson, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, met a wounded Union solder, John Smith, after a battle.
“Even though they are enemies, they start talking to each other,” Carroll said. “They make a vow to get together if they survive.”
Denson wrote down Smith’s address and put it in his pocket. When he got home, his mother found the slip of paper.
She was dumbfounded when she saw the address.
It was her sister’s.
“Her sister had died giving birth to this soldier,” Carroll said.
“It was not uncommon to fight brother against brother; cousin against cousin. But the odds of running face-to-face to one another was very high. I think it added a human sense to the book.”
After the war, the two men become friends.
Carroll a pediatric dentist working in Auburn, will share stories at his book signing today at the Columbus Museum.