Review of

His Name is Jacob Harris

J.J. McFarland with Wm. Francis Herlehy III

by Sharon Sinner

A descendant of Jacob McFarland on whom the character Jacob Harris is loosely based


This book, His Name is Jacob Harris, is historical fiction at its best. It approaches the subject from a different perspective than the typical subject of slavery. The historical background covers many areas that will be surprising, such as the Confederate Navy, connections to Canada and England, secret societies, and the financing of the Confederacy. All this is woven into a love story about a spy in love with two women. Along the way it gives a moving description of the families of those involved and the sacrifices they made. It is an interesting book well worth the read. Many of our families had ancestors on both sides of this conflict. This book speaks to the commitment and loss of people on the losing side.


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