This is the sixth in a continuing series of ten novels chronicling the battles of the Civil War and their effect on the Brannon family. Three of the four Brannon boys enlist to fight with the Confederacy. One of the boys, Titus, is captured at Fredericksburg and is believed dead by his family. In reality he is taken to a prisoner of war camp near Chicago, where he is shocked at the brutal and inhumane treatment afforded prisoners. Meanwhile, his two elder brothers prepare for the coming bloodbath at Gettysburg while doing everything they can to save the family farm near the Shenandoah Valley.
This novel reminds me of John Jake’s North and South series. The actual battles themselves are only part of the story: the personal struggles, love affairs, and intrigues of the characters are the true inspirations for the plot. Together, they make for enjoyable reading. The characters are well developed, and the series nature of this book leaves the reader looking forward to the next installment.
Mark F. Johnson