The Camp Account



The Camp Account

A Heartfelt Apology

Poor Little Obie!

I've taken the hopes & dreams, and doubts & fears, and triumphs & failures that we all have in common with those hearty souls who've preceded us, and created an affable, unpretentious character that young and old alike are likely to relate to on some level.  And then I’ve inflicted him with much of my own childhood, debilitating vulnerability, incomprehensible faith, some of our country’s most colorful and gut wrenching history, and a plethora of the ubiquitous maladies that plague us all! And I’ve cast him, nearly naked, into the world. God, consider my motives and forgive me.

 The Author


My ancestors arrived in the colonies in the sixteen thirties and made the trek to California during the gold rush of 1849. I’m very proud of this country and the part that my ancestors played in securing and preserving the liberties we Americans enjoy today. My manuscript chronicles the trials and travels of my fictional ancestor, Obadiah Camp, from his arrival on our shores in 1844, until his account concludes on the west coast in the early years of the 20th century. 


In a nutshell, The Camp Account is about two little boys; one from Ireland, and one from Germany, and their adventures during the gold rush, the Civil War, the construction of the Transcontinental Rail Road, and the last half of the 19th century. It also explores what it means to be an American.  It's a story suitable for all ages, and contains humor, adventure, and just a dash of youthful innocence and romance.  I've also plagued the main characters with more than a little of my own youthful misadventures. My testimony is in there too, and I believe you'll enjoy it! 


I've taken great pains to produce a humorous, yet historically accurate and compelling account of my beloved ancestor’s quest for life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness during our remarkable country’s rambunctious youth. I believe that as our country soberly assesses our options for the future, we might benefit from a fresh perspective of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we hope to be.  If you have questions, I've provided my contact information for your convenience.  Email me anytime.


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