The Collierville Burch Library welcomes John Babb, author of Orphan Hero: a Novel of the Civil War. He will be at the library for a book signing on Monday, January 29th from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Babb is a former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, as well as a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. The book is based on the life of the author's great-grandfather in the mid-nineteenth century. Orphan Hero is a tale of courage and perseverance in the face of incredible hardship. His great-grandfather ran away from home in Indiana in 1849, fleeing a vindictive step-mother, and chasing his father to the California goldfields. He was eight years old.
Babb attended Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. His background has allowed him to accurately portray some of the primitive medical techniques and remedies, as well as curative folklore, practiced in the 1850s. He enjoys writing about his forebears in a way that places their lives in historical context. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Collierville Tennessee.