Perri Seamore visits Virginia with friends for a much-needed getaway between travel nursing assignments. She plans to catch up on her genealogy research, indulge in some relaxation and fun, as well as attend a Civil War Reenactment in which her friend's husband is participating. Perri spent the previous three months working in Seattle, so she and Nina haven't had much time to get together. The reenactment is a perfect chance for Tom to take part in his hobby while Nina and Perri get the chance to visit with each other, sight see, and enjoy a vacation in historic Richmond. The event begins as planned, with plenty of people in 19th century dress, kitchens serving foods from the 1860's, a historically accurate soldier's camp, and battle demonstrations by Confederate and Union reenactors, but the tone alters dramatically when a murder overshadows the activities. In the aftermath, it becomes clear the danger is still very real but no one knows who is behind it or why. Perri works with Archer Vaughn, a local Virginia State Trooper, to solve the mystery that has its roots deep in the history spanning many generations.
The Civil War soldier on the cover of Buried Roots is my paternal Great Great Grandfather, Irvin Thomas Boatwright (sometimes Boatright). He mustered in as a Private on September 18, 1862, serving in Illinois Regiment 111, Company I. His regiment remained at Camp Marshall in Salem, Illinois until October 31, 1862 when 930 officers and enlisted men received orders to report to the commanding officer at Columbus, Kentucky. They marched to Tonti, a station on the Illinois Central Railroad, then went by rail to Cairo and reported to Brigadier General Tuttle. The next day they took a transport to Columbus, Kentucky and reported to Brigadier General Davis. Irvin died in Columbus, Kentucky in February 12, 1863, leaving his wife, Matilda, and two children, one of which was my Great Grandfather, Irvin Frank Boatwright, in Clinton County, Illinois. 

The photo was enhanced with pen and ink at the time, which was a common practice used to bring out features in photographs that often could be a bit blurry or faint. I can't even imagine how surprised he would be to see his photo on the cover of a book on something called the internet.