To Make Men Free : The Civil War (Gingrich)

  • by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: The Civil War (Gingrich)
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With To Make Men Free, New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take listeners to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.
Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a president who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.
June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat - a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery.
Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly 200,000 men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard-luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg - the last defense of Richmond - by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory. The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure?
The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly - famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front. In so doing, he befriends Sergeant Major Garland White of the 28th USCT regiment, an escaped slave and minister preparing his comrades for a frontal assault that will either win the war, or result in their annihilation.
To Make Men Free is Gingrich and Forstchen’s most compelling fact-based work yet, presenting little known truths, long forgotten in the files of correspondence, and the actual court of inquiry held after the attack. The novel draws a new and controversial conclusion while providing a sharp, rousing, and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War. This must-listen work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, and the all but forgotten role played by one of the largest formations of African American troops in our nation’s history.

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Another Good Book To Add To A Good Series

If you enjoy Civil War books, and can take some fiction with the facts, I would recommend reading this series. The authors blend both fact and fiction to tell a very interesting story on how certain aspects of the war might have been if different actions or decisions had been made. It helps to know a little about the different battles, but even if you don't, the books make for very interesting reading.
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- Mike

Sad!!!

Hard to listen to politically correct actions that killed men. Wow what a sad commentary on the generals of the civil war and especially Mead.
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- Nicholas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio