Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg
The young Chandler brothers, brash 18-year-old Luke and soft-spoken 16-year-old Thomas, advance to maturity in the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg in John Hough’s latest novel. At novel’s start, the brothers live in isolated Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in a house they share with their widowed doctor father and the pretty Rose, a black freedwoman from Cape Verde. Rose plays a central role in the story as she becomes the love interest of all three Chandlers. The lonely father’s love and that of the two brothers serve to drive the tale along in the face of the impending Union and Confederate trial of strength at Gettysburg. The young soldier brothers must confront combat while simultaneously quarreling over Rose. The object of their affection is, meanwhile, attempting to survive in the face of the local toughs, Ben Howland and Luke Daggett. At first glance, one assumes the Battle of Gettysburg will occupy center stage, but the reality is this is a compelling love story and family saga set against the backgrounds of small town 19th century Cape Cod, American race relations, the coming of age of young men, and the stress of military life in the American Civil War.