Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Soldier's Premonition of Death...Imagined or is it Real After all?

As we celebrate the release of the audio version of Love Letters from Heaven, beautifully narrated by Sharon Cline, I thought I would share part of the inspiration behind the story with a couple of examples. Keep in mind though, I have more! Lots more...



During America’s Civil War, at the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, Private George Miles died. The month was September, and the year was 1861. He had enlisted with Company A of the 6th Wisconsin infantry just a few months earlier—May 10th, 1861 to be precise. That morning he had grown unusually quiet. This was not like him at all. By nature he was a man of good cheer and joviality, a thing which boosted the spirits of all the men in his company. When they asked him for the reason of his melancholy, he simply said, “You fellows would be quiet too, if you knew you would be killed tonight.”

Though the men laughed, they must’ve taken him seriously, for later that afternoon, when an unexpected battle presented itself, the men asked the Captain to give him a duty elsewhere. The Captain, having a fondness for the private as well, complied. However, George would have none of it. “I came here to do my duty and although I know I shall be killed I shall go in,” he said.

Alongside his comrades George proceeded to climb the mountain. Fighting was intense. About half-way up, he was struck by a bullet. Just as he said, the bullet took his life.


And then we have William St Leger, a lieutenant serving with the 2nd Coldstream Guards during World War I. He had two dreams that foretold his impending death. In one dream he saw himself mingling with the officers and men of his regiment who had been killed. In the second dream he was struggling in hand to hand combat with a very large and overpowering German soldier. As he awoke he had the impression he would not live past the spring. He died at the battle of the Lys in the spring of the following year.

My Uncle Robert Buskirk served his country during World War II. There were many stories told of men in his regiment who knew they wouldn’t be coming home. One in particular was a young man by the name of Private Forbes. One day, just behind enemy lines, they were tasked with digging yet another foxhole. He asked one of his companions in another squad if they could swap places for the night. “I’d be glad too, he said, “as long as the lieutenant gives us permission.”

As the day wore on, the lieutenant had failed to return from a previous duty. When Forbes’ companion alerted him of this fact, Forbes simply shrugged. He said not to worry, that is was okay and just to forget about asking for the favor. “It’s not going to matter if I’m in your foxhole or mine. I’m not going to live through the night,” he said. He didn’t.


There are many such stories out there and each one tugs at the heart. In my latest novel, Love Letters from Heaven, our ghostly hero, Sergeant William Malloy Griffin, also knew he wouldn't come home from his service during World War II. This, of course, is going to make it all the more difficult for him to win his very mortal soul mate...


So, do you think soldiers who are destined to die on the battlefield are given some kind of advanced notice? Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear it.


2 comments:

  1. Those are shivery examples. In many ways I hate to think of soldiers carrying that knowledge in their hearts, as if it would be better not to know.

    I'm excited about your new release, and am off to grab it from Amazon now. Would you like to do something on my blog? I've missed you and would love to have you back!

    And a huge congrats on the release!

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    1. I've thought about it and truly, were I in the place of those soldiers, I don't think I'd want to know. Anyway, thank-you, I would love to visit, and I have missed you too!

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