Sunday, April 29, 2018


LaGrange College before destruction by Union in 1863


Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer at Grant, AL Library 2018

HEADS UP, NORTH ALABAMA! Friday, May 4, and Sunday, May 6, TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE is coming to an event held at LAGRANGE COLLEGE SITE PARK AND PIONEER VILLAGE, located at 1491 LaGrange College Road, Leighton, AL 35646. LaGrange, from 1830-1863 known as the "West Point of the South", was destroyed by the Union during the Civil War. I will be in period attire, signing and selling copies of the true life family saga.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Above: Cadet John Allan Wyeth
Below: LaGrange College
On Friday May 4, and Sunday May 6, as TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE Author, I will be signing books at a Living History event at the site of LaGrange College, destroyed by the Union in 1863. Why is the site important to this Author? It was students and faculty of LaGrange which formed the 27th and 35th Alabama Regiments, and who conscripted and served with my twice-great grandfather, Oliver Perry Williams. His experience is the subject of my book.
In February 1858, LaGrange College and Military Academy opened in Leighton, Alabama. The State of Alabama provided military equipment and scholarships. The Academy, Alabama's first chartered college, flourished and became known as the "West Point of the South." In 1860, the name was changed to LaGrange Military Academy.
By 1861, the enrollment was almost 200 cadets. During its existence, 259 cadets from nine states attended the Academy, including John Allan Wyeth of Guntersville, Alabama. Wyeth went on to become a physician after the War, and founded the American Medical Association.
In 1995, LaGrange Park was transferred from the Alabama Historical Commission to the LaGrange Living Historical Association. Thereafter, the site of Alabama's first chartered college was enhanced and stands today as a historical landmark. Listed on Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1976.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

Early 20th Century Baptisms in Progress, Union Grove, Alabama
 Emory University recently performed a study revealing that children who learn their family history are happier, healthier, and grow up to be successful, productive citizens. Does it take a college thesis to correct humanity's downward slide into immorality, after millenniums of being told what to do? Here are a few of those ancient instructions:

"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order…”  ―Confucius 

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always as a child. For what is the worth of a human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors?” ― Cicero

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the lord, look to the rock from which you were hewn… to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you.” ―GOD (Isaiah 51:1,2)

My three published works The Keeper Chronicles Volumes I and II(Mall Street Sleuth and Breakthrough) by G. H. Sherrer, and the Civil War saga, Trapped in the Crossfire by Gladys Hodge Sherrer have characters modeling sound moral values. Buy these books for your family, while you still can influence a life for good. They are sold on Amazon, online at Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Your Search is Over for a Perfect Christmas Gift!

Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer at Snead State Community College
We are fast approaching the season for gift giving, and what better one than a book?  Trapped in the Crossfire is a true life story, which is destined to change readers view of themselves, having never clearly known or understood their forefathers, not felt a connection. The time has come to "look unto the rock from which we were hewn",  see ourselves from the vantage point of time passages.

As Harper Lee said, in To Kill a Mockingbird, to understand a person, you must climb into their skin and walk around in it. Trapped in the Crossfire offers that deep and fresh look into the darkest days of this nation's history. Readers will take away knowledge of how those enduring values, and hope which sustained lives, and pass those values on to their children.

Trapped in the Crossfire: A Civil War Saga of the Endurance of Family by Gladys Hodge Sherrer is available on Amazon, and online at Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million, and at the Author's Signings.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Invitation: A Book Launch for Trapped in the Crossfire!

Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer in Typical Yeoman Woman's Attire

 A few reasons you should attend TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE’s Book Launch at Snead State Community College, Fielder Auditorium, 202 North Walnut Street, Boaz, Alabama, Sunday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm:
1) This Book Launch is unique, a one-time event to honor our forefathers, specifically, early North Alabama settlers Sarah and Perry Williams, but representative of many others of that era. All profits from book sales will go to Snead’s Legacy Scholarship Fund in memory of Sarah & Perry Williams. A visual tribute to the couple will be part of the stage scene.
2) The backstory, actual historical events suggested in the book, will be discussed by the author, using a slideshow of period images.
3) If you’ve read TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE, and now have questions pertaining to history, research, writing, and such things, there will be a Q&A session after the reading.
4) To help your imaginations drift back in time, the author will be appearing on stage in the typical dress of a woman of middle class (known as yeomen), but she may never don that heavy dress again!
COME TO SUPPORT EDUCATION!
COME WITH QUESTIONS!
COME TO GET YOUR TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE COPY SIGNED!
COME TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
COME FOR THE COOKIES AND LEMONADE!
COME TO TAKE A SUNDAY DRIVE IN AUTUMN!
COME TO LEARN HISTORY!
COME TO HONOR FOREFATHERS OF YOUR OWN FAMILY!
COME TO SEE IF THE AUTHOR TRIPS ON HER LONG SKIRT!
COME TO BE INSPIRED BY THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS!
COME EARLY FOR A PRIME PARKING SPOT… THE READING STARTS PROMPTLY AT 2:00!

Trapped in the Crossfire is sold online at Amazon, Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Finding Peace In Stories of the Past


Hurricanes, earthquakes, a madman with an H-bomb pointed at America…and more. Just the evening news. Feeling tense yet? Yesterday, I experienced a trip back into pre-Civil War time in Chelsea, met the original settlers, sat in their pews in an ancient “church in the wildwood”, and sang their hymns.
As Harper Lee said in To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you climb into their skin, and walk around in it.” We did just that, at the quaint Mt. Calvary on Highway 74 in Chelsea. Jenny Bartlett, Tony Nivens and others shared true stories of the hardships, struggles, miracles and faith of these people. I left with a sense of bonding, a spiritual kinship with these original Chelseanians, and felt that we truly honored our forefathers.
A trip back in time will set your priorities aright, inject a dose of compassion and empathy, foster understanding and unity… and bring you inner peace amidst life’s storms. 
My historical book, Trapped in the Crossfire, is now available online at Amazon, Book-a-Million, and Barnes and Noble. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


CC Event Coordinator Lindsey King with Author at Fielder Auditorium

A Book Launch
The Public is invited:
Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2-4:00 PM
The Commons & Fielder Auditorium
Snead State Community College
102 North Walnut Street
Boaz, Alabama 35956

Please join this casual mix-and-mingle, and the Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer reading from Trapped in the Crossfire. First Edition signed copies will be sold and proceeds donated to Snead State Community College Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship Fund in memory of Sarah and Oliver Perry Williams, whose true life Civil War story is the book Trapped in the Crossfire.