Summer Rose is Caroline Hartman’s first novel. Her maternal great grandfather fought with the Army of the Potomac from June 1861 to June 1864. He left behind an honorable account in his detailed diary of the years spent with the Army of the Potomac.
Caroline first read the diary—in his own handwriting—while taking an American History course at Penn State. After graduating, she taught elementary school, raised a family, and has been a constant student of the American Civil War. She read hundreds of history books, dragged her children through battlefields, cemeteries, and countless museums. She walked the fields of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, listening for the drums and feeling the pride as well as the heartache. Caroline Hartman currently lives in Chester County Pennsylvania.