Appalachian Heritage, Autumn 2006

Bruce Hopkins.  Bright Wings to Fly: An Appalachian Family in the Civil War.  Nicholasville, KY: Wind Publications, 2006. 204 pages. Trade Paperback. $16.00.

In 2003, road construction forced the removal of a family cemetery in Pike County, Kentucky. Continuing to excavate family stories and history well after the bodies of his kin were re-buried, Bruce Hopkins wrote a fascinating book, Spirits in the Field, which told of that experience and of almost 200 years of family history uncovered.  Now, he turns a more focused eye on the Civil War and its aftermath.  Hopkins's penetrating vision and his graceful evocation have created a book which illuminates not just one family but the whole experience of this generation in a way that will be invaluable not just to those interested in the Civil War, Eastern Kentucky, or in genealogy.