MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July, 1863, incurred the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is considered the turning point in the conflict between Union and Confederate forces. How did the great Battle and its tragic aftermath affect residents in and around the once peaceful town of Gettysburg? Did The Battle of Gettysburg present a crossroad for all touched by the tragedy?

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Local author Anne M. Mikolay examines this personal side of the Civil War in Stone Creek, Crossroads at Gettysburg (197 pp, $9.95), the third installment in her Stone Creek historical fiction series. Mikolay, an artist, and a former feature writer for The Monmouth Journal, is a columnist (The Armchair Critic) for The Atlantic Highlands Herald, and satisfies her keen interest in the American Civil War with frequent visits to Gettysburg.

Mikolay attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and received her Bachelors Degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. Practicing her personal motto, “write to inspire,” she is currently at work on the fourth book in her Stone Creek series as well as an anthology of civil war short stories. To find out more about the author and her work, visit www.annemikolay.com.

Stone Creek Crossroads at Gettysburg (ISBN 9-781475-220681) is available on Amazon.com and Kindle.