MEET AUTHOR BOB YOUNG
August 1, Thursday at
Lincoln County Historical Society
October 7, Monday at
Richard Anderson SCV Camp 47
NEW FROM BOB YOUNG
NISH is a historical novel based on the life of Abraham Dionysius Chenault, a minister and physician from Lincoln County, Georgia, who lived from the 1830s-1880s. Nish, as folks called him, is perhaps best-known for being tortured by a fanatical Union general in his search for the proceeds from the robbery of a wagon train of gold in the summer of 1865. The beloved planter was an outspoken supporter of secession and a popular preacher at Methodist camp meetings, despite lacking formal religious training. After relocating to Northeast Georgia, Chenault became a Presbyterian preacher and held himself out as a physician, while lacking any formal medical education. Bad financial dealings and poor business relationships threatened to expose his incredibly creative deception and destroy his facade as a trusted, well-respected pillar in his community. NISH could best be described as the South's man of mystery and deception.
"NISH" NOW IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE
PRERELEASE PRAISE FOR "NISH"
With his latest book, NISH, author Bob Young skillfully recounts the fascinating and often bizarre life and career of Abraham Dionysius Chenault, familiarly known as “Nish,” from his youth during the Golden Age of Cotton, through the trying years of the Civil War and Reconstruction, until his death in the late nineteenth century. Born into a wealthy and prominent Georgia family, Nish was at one time or another a member of the planter elite, a Presbyterian minister, and a self-proclaimed physician—despite never having attended medical school. When the fabled Confederate Treasure was stolen during the chaotic days following the Union victory over the Confederacy, Nish was considered a prime suspect, and was tortured by Union troops hoping to find the whereabouts of the missing gold. With colorful characters and closely based on actual events, NISH is great reading, especially for those interested in Southern history and events surrounding the Civil War.
- William Rawlings, author of "The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes"
A few of the many faces of Nish Chenault