This is a gritty, in-your-face, real look at what the Southern soldiers during the Civil War went through during the Battle of Chickamauga, the second-worse battle of the war. Except for the first-person narrator, all of the characters in this book are historic figures. Although the dialogue is, of course, fictional, it is obvious that the author did his homework and studied diaries and letters to get a sense of what the men were thinking and what they truly might have said.
This is not a pretty book, but then war isn’t pretty. For anyone who is interested in Civil War history, this is definitely a book to check out. It gives the reader a real sense of what is going on.
The battle descriptions show a great deal of research as well– but for this reader, those were not the primary draw of the book. The author made the characters come alive and become more than just names in the history book.
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