The Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach will be holding a book signing for the award-winning author Richard Adams this Saturday from 10am-12pm. Richard Adams is the author of The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War.
The author of this book graduated from West Point in the Class of 1967, the first of three brothers graduating from West Point. He served in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer for D Company, 1/506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. After returning to the United States he worked as an army aviator for the Army Corps of Engineers. He later returned to Austin, TX and his family to begin a career as a consulting civil/environmental engineer. Later, he moved to Baton Rouge, LA where he formed, grew, and sold an environmental engineering company. Since the sale he has consulted as a sole practitioner and pursued a second career in writing.
Adams has remained active in alumni affairs at West Point, even serving as adjunct assistant professor to West Point’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and as adjunct professor to the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Southern Methodist University.
Describing life in the Victorian Era and at West Point, The Parting, is based on non-fictional sources. The story involves West Point’s military and academic excellence, Jefferson Davis’ ties to West Point, General Winfield Scott, British Royalty’s first visit to North America, and Benny Havens, the legendary tavern keeper.
There are characters from several states, Edmund (Ned) Kirby (New York), Henry du Pont (Delaware), Thomas Rosser (Texas), George Custer (Ohio), Adelbert Ames (Maine), Nathaniel Chambliss (Tennessee), Charles Patterson (Arkansas), Henry Walter Kingsbury (Connecticut), Emory Upton (New York), Charles Hazlett (Ohio), Patrick O’Rorke (New York), Charles Ball (Alabama), and Henry Farley (South Carolina), serving as cadets at West Point. The story of The Parting focuses on John Pelham from Alabama, who does not like following the rules West Point laid out for him.
Enjoy meeting the author and getting your copy signed!