Anthony J. Marolda

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"Purgatory Island" was my second novel. Also a historical maritime adventure. The protagonist is Major John Langsford, a surgeon in the Union Army. He was the son of a Gloucester Grand Banks schooner captain, but a traumatic event on his first trip to the Grand Banks results in his not following in his father's footsteps. Instead, he becomes a Medical Doctor and is drafted into the U.S. Army. He is captured by the Rebels and sent to a prison camp on Purgatory Island.

The book is available in hardcover and Kindle editions from Amazon.

To the right is the oil painting I did for the cover. The actual cover is shown above left. An oil portrait of Major John Langsford, the protagonist, also appeared on the back of the cover. It is above right. I researched the uniform of a Major and surgeon at the time and used that information in the composition of the painting. For example, only surgeons used a green sash. The emblems on the hat and belt spell "M.S." for medical service.