Four brothers in gray

The Book
Four Brothers in Gray
tells the story of Confederate soldiers Andy, Harrison, Calvin and Alfred Proffit. In addition to the narrative by Mary Alice Hancock, transcriptions of 100+ of the brothers' letters, which inspired Ms. Hancock, are included.

Includes contemporary photographs, drawings, illustrations and period maps obtained from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Virginia Military Institute, Harpers Pictorial History and many other resources.

Also included is family information, describing the relationships of the brothers, their cousins and in-laws, who are frequently mentioned.

Get the story behind the book:
Read one of the letters:
William Harrison Proffit's Letter Home From 1863

Learn about the release of the new edition:
Four Brothers in Gray Available Now

Controversy during research:
Civil War Mystery from an Area History?

For our video production, Dr. Suzanne Irwin agreed to read the narrative, since the book was originally written by a woman. Four men involved with local theater groups (Jeff Halsey, Gilly Macknee, Jeremy Halsey and Trent Chappell) read the boys' parts and we developed the video around the audio timeline, using images from many sources like Harpers Weekly, Library of Congress, and others.

Four Brothers in Gray premiered at the Alleghany County Public Library on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:30pm. The feature-length television production has also been aired on Alleghany Community Television and SkyBestTV.

Star Route Books reprinted the book with permission from Wilkes Community College (who has copyrights to the 1975 work by Mary Alice Hancock.)


The Book ($32)

The DVD ($22)

The Book & DVD Bundle ($48)

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