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My Life in America Before, During and After the Civil War: Includes Meeting President Abraham Lincoln Hardcover – October 31, 2012
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Author: Louis Hensel
Translator: Sigrid Wilshinsky
Publisher: Jo-An Books
ISBN: 13 978-1-890719-13-5
"Well, when I want to do something I usually make it happen, if possible," wrote German-born Louis Hensel in his translated memoir, "My Life in America - Before, During and After the Civil War." In reading this adventurous man's life story, he did indeed accomplish so much in his ninety-one years on this earth.
At three hundred and fifty pages, this paperback book has an old black and white photograph of a uniformed American soldier posing on a horse on the front cover. The back cover has a paragraph about Hensel and a note by translator Wilshinksy. There are a few family photographs included inside. The book is geared to anyone interested in reading about the people, land and culture in America from the mid-nineteenth century to the early nineteen hundreds.
Louis Hensel was an opportunistic, stubborn risk-taker and lover of art, music and nature who wrote letters during the last eleven years of his life of his worldly escapades to his long lost daughter that he had not seen since she was a baby and grand-daughter he never met. Although he was born in Germany and had a child there, he ended up in America with a wife and two children that apparently did not know of his past life. The letters detailed his varied vocations of sculpture/artist, musician/music teacher, horse trainer/instructor, farmer, and long-time opera set designer, choir singer and actor as he crisscrossed across the America's northern and southern states several times.Read more ›