Author: Vic Butsch & Tommy Coletti
Retail Price: $18.95
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Page Count: 515
A Journey to the Gallows
Aaron Dwight Stevens ran away from his Norwich, Connecticut home two times. The first was when he was just a young man not yet 16 years old, but large and mature enough to go to Boston on his own. He convinced the 1st Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers that he was old enough to fight in the war against Mexico. Dwight served with honor through the war narrowly avoiding capture and certain death. He returned home and mended the strained relations with his family, but after several years, he felt that he had to leave again.
The second and final time he left home he chose to join the elite Dragoons. Stevens was stationed in the New Mexico Territory. He also fell in love for the first time, but due to Dwights one continuous and troubling weakness, a very bad temper, he became embroiled in a drunken riot in Taos, New Mexico. Dwight was jailed in Taos by Sheriff Kit Carson. Later he was tried and sentenced to death. Fortunately, Dwights sentence was commuted by the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, to three years of hard labor in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. This was the lowest point in his life as he had lost everything including his one and only love, and there was no one to blame, but himself.
Dwight escaped from Ft. Leavenworth and lived with the Delaware Indians for several months. Following this period, he joined the 2nd Kansas Militia under a different name. As Charles Whipple, he became quite well known in Bloody Kansas, and it was during this time that he met and joined with John Brown. The two of them made a formidable team from that point on and helped our country change forever.
About the Author
During the Vietnam War, Coletti enlisted into the United States Air Force and spent four years from 1968 until 1972 as a medic. Honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, he then married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean; they’ve been married for 42 years. Going on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree, with Cum Laude distinction in History from Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut in 1976, Coletti applied to law school and was accepted. However, he decided to go to work at the Electric Boat Shipyard (EB) in Groton, Connecticut, retiring in July 2012.
With a passion for writing, Coletti has authored 3 published works thus far- Special Delivery, Dishonorably Interred and Liam’s Story. The fourth addition to his literary repertoire ‘A Journey to the Gallows’ will launch early 2015 through Next Century Publishing. He lives in Sprague, Connecticut with his wife Donna. They have four children and two grandchildren.
Vic Butsch was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, attending John Adams High School. Gifted with some ability in sports, Butsch enjoyed playing Football, Baseball and Basketball all four years.
Graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1969, Vic prepared to be a teacher, and instead joined the Army Reserves. Spending the bulk of his career at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, Vic has fulfilled 42 years of hard work and dedication working in Submarine Construction. He has gone on to teach Civil War classes in the Norwich adult education program, is a board member of the Norwich Historical Society, and is the Program Director for the Norwich area Civil War Round Table.
Currently, Vic lives in Norwich, Connecticut with his wife Gail, and has four children- three sons and a daughter who are now all adults with families of their own. Vic also has two stepsons and five grandchildren.