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Loved this collection of stories about the heroism of immigrant soldiers during the Civil War! These men all did things in the moment and sometimes over the course of the war that were truly incredible to understand. In this listen, you get to know the birthplace of each man as well as when/how they came to the US to fight in the war. Les Rolston also tries to give you the history of each man after the war, if they got married, how many children they had, when they received their medal of honor, and when they were awarded a pension (if they were ever granted one).
This book helped me to understand on a personal level the cost of war. Most of these men (and some just barely teen boys) went into the military as strong, healthy soldiers and many would never get over the wounds they received during this time. To understand, if even cursorily, the struggles they had in overcoming their wounds and then to provide for families at a time when it was solely up to the men in the family to do so tells you what honorable men these were. Most of them lived well into the 20th century and were treated poorly upon requesting their pension when their war wounds finally made it impossible for them to earn a living. It took much effort to request and prove their valor and then still more effort to actually obtain the pension. This wasn't the point of this book but it was glaring in each recounting for each soldier. We have always asked the most of our soldiers and then given them the least when they come home again.
Kevin Charles has a perfect voice for the recitation of this information and he was a pleasure to listen to throughout each soldier's story.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
What made the experience of listening to Home of the Brave the most enjoyable?
This audiobook is based on a unique and interesting concept: the (war) stories of immigrants who served in the American Civil War and received the at-the-time newly-created Congressional Medal of Honor
What was one of the most memorable moments of Home of the Brave?
All emotions are captured here, each story has it's own feel.
Any additional comments?
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