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THE GERMAN YANKEE-  (based on the life of my great-grandfather)

1858: In an attempt to avoid further military service, 25 year-old Johann Westerhoff leaves his family behind in Hamburg, Germany and immigrates to America. He goes through immigration in Castle Gardens, New York and heads West toward the Mississippi River. Finding a large settled community of Germans in Warsaw, Illinois, Johann begins to put down roots on the banks of the Mississippi River. Rumors of seccession are rampant in the country, especially across the river in Missoouri. The festering division of 'slavery' politics of Missouri is infectious. Johann buys a small farm and tries to settle in but gets pulled into service for the Union. He enlists in the 2nd Missouri Cavalry, "Merrills Horse" in 1862. 'John' serves three years and two months of the worst fighting and conditions he has ever experienced before being mustered out on March 4, 1865---with all of his limbs! Back on his farm in Illinois, he begins to map out his future which includes beautiful 18-year old Elizabeth Klingenmuller, fourteen years his junior. After a brief courtship, they marry and in 1869, with two young children and a heart full of dreams, they hook two covered wagons to a team of mules and oxen and set out for Nebraska to homestead on the wide-open prairie land. John organizes a township called Germantown, 5 miles north of Seward in the rolling hills of Nebraska. There, Elizabeth bears eleven more children and they live their life with common struggles and heartbreak. Life turns out to be everything he had dreamed of and fought for in the Civil War.

"I am currently working on the historical research and expect to begin writing book #5 - THE GERMAN YANKEE early in 2017. I expect to release this next book in 2018. There are plans for a 6th novel-"Longgrass", based on my grandmother,Mary, 6th child of John and Elizabeth. She marries John Wamhoff a prominent Seward businessman and they pull up stakes and head for opportunity of free land and homsteading in the Big Horn Basin of wild Wyoming in 1902."

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