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From 5/15/08 Author crafts book from ancestor’s diary BLACK MOUNTAIN — Gari Carter’s discovery of her great-grandfather Franklin Dick’s diary led her to write a book, “Troubled State” The Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick” (Truman State University Press, 2008). From firsthand account of Dick’s experiences as Missouri assistant adjutant general and provost marshall general, Carter crafted a story of St. Louis’ divided and violent history during the Civil War. Dick, an ardent supporter of the Union, was frequently troubled by the slow progress and terrible cost of the war. For him, the divided city of St. Louis presented a test of personal strength. Carter, who makes her home in Black Mountain, will sign the book 1-3 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. For more information, visit


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