Chris Hartley discusses his book “The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest”

April 24, 2020

Author Chris Hartley will discuss his latest book The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest during an exclusive member’s only Virtual Legacy Lecture on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5:30PM.

George C. Marshall Foundation Members will be sent a password-protected link where they may watch Chris Hartley’s talk.

For questions about how to become a member, or if you do not receive a link by April 24th, please call Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or email

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series

About the Lecture

In The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II GI From the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest, author Chris J. Hartley offers a perspective on World War II we don’t always get from histories and memoirs. Hartley will be speaking about his book of the same name, which is based on the letters home of Pete Lynn, the diary of his wife, Ruth, and meticulous research in primary and secondary sources. It recounts the war of a married couple who represent so many married couples, so many soldiers, in World War II, starting with their life in North Carolina and continuing as the war increasingly insinuated itself into the fabric of their lives, until Pete Lynn was drafted. He went on to fight in the terrible Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. It’s a story of soldier and wife, home front and army life, combat, love and loss.

About the Speaker

Chris J. Hartley is the author of several nonfiction books.

His latest book is The Lost Soldier (Stackpole Books, 2018). It follows the ordeal of a World War II draftee and his family from the home front to the Hürtgen Forest.

Prior to that, Hartley authored Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, which was published by John F. Blair, Publisher. The book won the Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was named a finalist for the Ben Franklin Award in History from the Independent Book Publishers Association. The Historic Salisbury Foundation also honored Hartley with a Preservation Education and Publication Award for his work on Stoneman’s Raid.

Hartley is also the author of Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry. The first edition, from Butternut & Blue, received the UDC’s Jefferson Davis Award. A revised expanded edition of Stuart’s Tarheels was published by McFarland & Co.

Hartley is a frequent speaker and battlefield tour guide who has also written several shorter works. That includes articles for popular history periodicals such as America’s Civil War, Gettysburg Magazine, Military Heritage, and Blue & Gray, and the introduction for a reprint of W.A. Day’s A True History of Company I, 49th North Carolina Troops.

He and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters. They live in Pfafftown, North Carolina, where Chris is a marketing executive.