Colonel S.G.Shepard
Colonel's House

Alice Hughes Shepard Carver

Alice Hughes Shepard Carver was born in 1874 in Gladeville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Colonel S. G. Shepard, a remarkable man who was an unsung Civil War hero due to his private and humble nature.

Alice adored her father, the man who had done so much but discussed his accomplishments so little. Her father loved her enough to ensure that she valued education – even building a schoolhouse so his daughter could be properly educated and later moving the entire family to accommodate his children's college careers. The Colonel nurtured Alice’s love of music, and she later received a B.A. in Music from Boscobel College, Nashville, in 1893. She is author of a book of poems entitled Enthusiasms, Broadman Press, 1950, Nashville, TN.

She married Dr. William Owen Carver, and the couple had six children. During the 1930s, Alice wrote a manuscript that detailed her father’s life, his family, and his experiences before, during, and after the Civil War, Alice died in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky. Her charming tale of her father, a missing page in Civil War history, went unpublished until one of Alice’s grandsons gave the manuscript to Reta Moser shortly after the turn of the 21st century.


Reta Moser

Reta Moser is a journalist and author who earned a B.S. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Her book, Space Age Acronyms: Abbreviations and Designations is considered an industry standard that has withstood the test of time. When first published in the 1960s, George S. Bonn wrote in the Library Journal that it was one of the most notable technical books of that year. The book is still considered one of the best compilations of such acronyms of all time. Reta now publishes a popular community newsletter and stays active with her alma mater.

Since receiving Alice's unpublished manuscript, Reta has dedicated almost a decade of her life to authenticating Alice Hughes Shepard Carver’s touching account of her father’s life. She has traveled the countryside to visit and conduct research at the battlefields, homes, and places where Colonel S. G. Shepard played a significant role. Her deep admiration for the Colonel and Alice and painstaking diligence to complete Alice's project has led to this amazing book, which can only be described as a true labor of love for both authors.