Peter Bridgford

Peter "Bridge" Bridgford lives on an island off the coast of Maine with his wife, their two daughters, and a dog named Twilight.

He is the author of Hauling Through, But I Digress, Where Eagles Dare Not Perch, and Sweating Through.

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"A remarkable Civil War tale about Northern characters fighting for their own freedom as they seek revenge."

Kirkus Reviews


Portland Press Herald, 2018

Portland Press Herald Review, 2017

Hometown Peaks Island, ME

Favorite author Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Ed Abbey,

Favorite book The Road by Cormac McCarthy [No other book conveys the same bleak hopelessness!]

Day job Retired teacher/full-time teacher/charterboat captain

Favorite line from a book So it goees

Favorite word ineffable

Unexpected skill or talent Can make a decent egg sandwich

Passion in life writing/boats


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ISBN: 978-1-68433-107-9
Page count: 346pp

During the Civil War, a man and woman from Maine, seeking to avenge a murder, try to track down a Union soldier in this novel.

Zachary Webster is a sharpshooter in the Civil War and has seen plenty of combat. Back home in Maine for a winter furlough, Webster reconnects with his girlfriend, Catherine Brandford, and his younger brother, Elijah, whom he tries to dissuade from volunteering for the war effort. As it happens, Catherine has been spending time with another man, and the jealous Zachary kills him. The victim’s brother, Jedediah Stiller, is an imposing ex-whaler who is “a giant with exotic black-blue tattoos on his cheeks and chin, his long hair tied back with a strip of leather, and both ears pierced with golden earrings.” Jedediah wants revenge and plans to somehow find Webster, who has quickly returned to the front lines. For her part, Catherine desires retribution, too, and decides to become a war nurse in hopes of locating Webster. The two avengers’ separate plans get sidetracked along the way, as Catherine is taken in by a kindly couple whose promises of safety may not be quite what they deliver. Jedediah returns to sea, involuntarily, after being shanghaied and forced into bare-knuckle matches, with the sketchy promises of freedom looking unlikely. Bridgford’s (Hauling Through, 2016) novel begins with some haunting imagery that places readers squarely in the center of its Maine setting: a starving moose pursued by a hungry Webster; a recently deceased patriarch whose body rests “in its coffin in the family barn waiting for the ground to thaw enough to dig his grave.” The conflict’s effect on a small Maine community is an intriguing angle for a Civil War story, and the plot is intensified by the distance the characters have to travel (with many perils along the way) to reach Virginia. Though the war is central to everything in the book, this is mostly a revenge tale that takes a while to get going and can be somewhat long-winded. But as the plot gains speed, Catherine’s and Jedediah’s stories turn into compelling tales full of deception, wickedness, and earthy 19th-century details.

A remarkable Civil War tale about Northern characters fighting for their own freedom as they seek revenge.


BUT I DIGRESS (Unpublished)
Short Nonfiction Stories

The collection of twenty nonfiction stories that highlight the antics of Peter Bridgford between his middle/high school, college, and post college years - including swimming in a sewer in Ohio, calling alligators in Florida, and committing mutiny on the Grand Banks.
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Underachieving college graduate goes to a fishing community to get a job and fit in with a cast of the colorful locals in a town that believes a Russian spy satellite is hovering above them.

ISBN: 97816333810747
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The sequel to Hauling Through. Ten years after the original story, Jamie Kurtz and the colorful characters from Kestrel Cove meet up in Florida, and all hell breaks loose.
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