Title: A Thousand Points of Truth
Author: V.P. Hughes
What is your favorite part of the book?
The final two chapters. The next to the last presents John Mosby’s character according to contemporary witness vs. his character as presented today. The last chapter covers the charges made against him and how these have been countered by contemporary witness.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Actually, all of my reviews to date have been 5 star! But I acknowledge that this book is for a rather narrow audience. I was told by one historian that the book is “a monumental work of history.”
What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
When sending a book to an individual who is interested in the genre (I send many such books to get the work out to the historical community!), a woman in the Post Office asked if I wanted to send it “book rate.” I told her that while I might send my OTHER children book rate, I would never send THIS “child” anything but first class priority!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I paint and I have done public speaking. I also sew and do crafts.
What is the biggest surprise you ever experienced as an author?
That I actually produced this book. I never intended to write it and I found myself astonished that I succeeded in doing so.
For many years, V. P. Hughes has been drawn to certain historical figures whom she researched at great length and in considerable depth regarding not only the person of interest but the period in which that individual lived and his influence upon it. Over the years, she has studied such heroes as Sir William Marshal (1147-1219), Sir Harry (Hotspur) Percy (1364-1403), Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), Sir William Wallace (1270-1305), Francis Marion (1732-1795) and the legendary figures William Tell and Robin Hood. The last three were of especial interest because they, with their few followers, engaged the most powerful armies of the time-and prevailed. Of course, John Singleton Mosby was another such champion-a man who defeated his adversaries with cunning and courage rather than brute military force. Yet Mosby became an even greater curiosity when during her research the author discovered that he had died twenty-five years to the day and hour of her own birth-May 30th, 9 a.m, 1916 and 1941 respectively. Although acknowledged as a mere coincidence, however curious, Mosby’s unique style of warfare and his astonishing success under the circumstances extant, made him of especial interest. Early on, her knowledge of the man centered around the Civil War, but then, copious written works as well as the opinions of past and present day Mosby sages brought to light his post-war life in a manner that seemingly disparaged and negated all the glories that had gone before. Finding this both troubling and unacceptable, when the opportunity arose to refute these calumnies and slanders, the author felt obligated to undertake what is, in essence, a posthumous defense of the man. It is hoped that this unique work will achieve the goal of undoing a great injustice and restoring to a noble American hero the respect and admiration he so richly deserves.