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Since I became interested in the Civil War 30+ years ago, I've always been more interested in the Boys in Blue after they came home. I don't know how many memoirs I've read where I would anticipate the final chapter so I could learn how the war ended for these boys and what they looked forward to the rest of their lives. And until now, there hadn't been any book that went into detail on the hardships they suffered once home. That story has arrived!
This was an excellent book cover to cover. I was very pleased with the content and excited to hear what actually happened to these gallant men, the formation of the GAR, their individual hardships, governmental challenges, and then how they finally faded into the sunset. Fascinating!
When the war ended, it wasn't easy for allot of them. Those that had lost limbs, sight, crippled in any way, along with the mental challenges each faced and how they were spurned by their own government when they sought post war medical assistance is shameful at best. It sounded all too familiar (Vietnam, Gulf War). And as late as the 1940's, the GAR still held encampments, fighting for their rights as Civil War Veterans, while seeking an audience interested in hearing their story.
The only problem I had with the Audible version was the narrator. If only Grover Gardner could have been heard, as this guy (John McDonough) is far too dramatic with each word that at times, it's almost painful to keep listening...almost.
Get this one in your library quick! It will not disappoint and at a reasonable pace, you can finish in a weekend.
The Union Forever!
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First the performance. The narrator has a passion and that comes through in his naration. However, in my humble opinion... it is difficult to listen to his performance. The strained, forced sounds of his voice portray in my mind the final years of an emphezimic person that will eventually succumb to the lung diseases they possess.
As for the story... as a child born in the mid 1950's, I was born at precisely the right time. I needed to register for the draft, but was never called. I have vivid memories of the return from Vietnam of the valiant soldiers and the shabby way they were treated upon arrival.
As I said in the title, change the dates.... to any time in the history of the United States and the story is still the same! our Veterans have, given this book, forever had to fight not only to defend the Country, but also for their benefits!
I will listen to this again, in spite of my feelings toward the naration.
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