Chickamauga - A Novel of the American Civil War - is the story of a great battle of the Civil War and the people who fought it, many of them real and some of them the product of the author's imagination. Chickamauga is a story of the heroism, selflessness, and frailty of the men whose deeds are etched forever on the fields and forests at Chickamauga, the River of Death. Chickamauga is the story of the generals who planned the grand strategies that would be played out by lesser but braver men, and it's the story of heroism, desperate deeds, and death and destruction on a scale the like of which had never been seen before.
Chickamauga is the story of Jesse Dixon and Patrick McCann, two boys in blue uniforms who must grow up before their time, and of Billy Cobb, a Confederate soldier who found himself at war, not only with the Union enemy, but also with his conscience. And it's the story of Sarah Bradley, the daughter of a Southern farmer, and Blake Winter, the Yankee colonel who fell in love with her. Chickamauga is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
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Absolutely the best Civil War novel I have found!
I will start this review by saying I love Blair Howard's work and have read or listened to six of his books to date. I find him to be an entertaining and knowledgeable author and "Chickamauga" is no exception. The book is incredibly well-researched and historically accurate. But the addition of Michael Willis as the narrator makes this audio book even more exceptional. To say "reader" or "narrator" does not adequately describe the work. Michael's performance is nothing less than spectacular! Blair has given us a detailed look at the Battle of Chickamauga from not only the generals and soldiers points of view but also from a civilian perspective. Michael Willis and his wife Laura flesh-out the characters with a skill I have never experienced in an audio book. I live near the battlefield and I visit there often but this work has changed the way I think about the conflict and the participants. My thanks to both the author and the performers for an unforgettable experience.