Excerpt from Inside of Dust Jacket: This is the story of a 14-year-old boy whose father was tax assessor-collector of Smith County, Texas during Reconstruction Texas.
The author is Frank H. Smyrl, professor of history at the University of Texas at Tyler. He was Poley Morgan’s grandson, and he has used his personal knowledge and tales passed down through the generations to go with considerable research to make this story an authentic representation of the life of Poley Morgan and of those who lived during this sad state of affairs in the South.
The persons, places, and things in this novel are real, and this narrative is the author’s presentation of how things occurred, based on his personal knowledge and considerable research.
Additional Notes: Illustrated by Donald Van Horn. This historical novel was written for the juvenile market.