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This is a short book about little known Civil War incidences. Rowland looked for strange or humorous stories to report on. For example, members of the New York Monument Commission went to hire a sculptor to finish the Statues of Dan Stickle. They discovered the monies had been stolen. You will get a hoot when you discover who was the thief. I found the information about the horses interesting; such as over one million horses died in the Civil War, the life expectancy of the horse was four to six month during the War. I also thought that Rowland’s comment about the South having mostly Calvary horses and the North draft and utility horses to pull wagons and cannons interesting. Rowland claims that this reflected the industrialized North and the agrarian South. Rowland claimed that many of the northern men were poor equestrian riders but were expert at handling teams of horses and in the South, it was reversed. Most of the stories are about individual real people that helps to provide a more personal touch to the War.
The book is well written and researched. It is easy to read and full of facts. The author claims it is not a trivia fact book but I used it as such. This is a great book for Civil War history buffs or those hunting for a source book of little known trivia facts. The book is short at about five hours.
Fred Sanders does a good job narrating the book. Sanders is a stage and film actor and award winning audiobook narrator.
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