Mary Townsend has long held an interest in the Civil War, since her ancestors include both a Virginia plantation owner and a German-born Union major general. Her first book, a biography published in 2011, explores the military career of her great-great grandfather, Maj. Gen. Peter Joseph Osterhaus, one of only three Germans coming to this country as adults to achieve that rank. Despite being the best officer of the three, he is by far the least known from his time to ours.
Her latest book is based on the extensive Civil War diaries of another great-great grandfather, George Riddick Wilson of Norfolk, Virginia. His niece, Grace Fenton Garnett, whose very name spells out her patrician Virginia heritage, is a main focus of this historical novel, but the fates of the black inhabitants of Mt. Pleasant plantation is also imagined in detail.
Although born in Newport News, Virginia, the author has spent her life on the west coast, currently residing in Southern California.
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The author has compiled a collection of images for both books at Pinterest: search Mary Bobbitt Townsend.