On January 17, 2024

Rutland author readies for book release, “War Tears”

Following many years of research and writing, John Swanson is finally able to see his book in publication. Swanson, a resident of The Gables in Rutland, has released his book, “War Tears: A Journey from Vermont to Gettysburg,” as an eBook and paperback on Amazon’s Kindle. In February it will be available as a hardcover book as well.

Swanson, a retired historian and teacher, spent many years conducting research at the Gettysburg Civil War Institute to gain a full knowledge of what the conflict was like from a participant’s point of view.  The culmination of his efforts is “War Tears,” a poignant depiction of a Vermont boy’s experiences during this tumultuous period. A proud Vermonter raised in the very region where the central figure of this narrative lived, Swanson brings a unique and authentic perspective to this rich tapestry of Civil War history.


John Swanson, a resident of The Gables in Rutland,
explained some of his opus, “War Tears: A Journey
from Vermont to Gettysburg,” to fellow residents,
Carol Freeman and Randi Majorelle, in The Gables’ library.


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