Where I'm Bound, by Allen B. Ballard, pub. 2000, 316 p. Ballard has penned a stirring novel extolling the long-neglected contributions and heroics of black soldiers during the Civil War. Factually grounded in the military campaigns of the Third U.S. Colored Cavalry in Mississippi, the more intimate story line revolves around the personal and professional exploits of Sergeant Joe Duckett. Duckett, an escaped slave turned soldier, serves proudly and with distinction, inevitably enduring all the indignities heaped on black enlisted men in the Union army. Alternately exalted and frustrated by the course of the war, he never loses sight of his ultimate goal: to be reunited with his wife and children, the family he lost to the cruel vagaries of slavery.
The Tamarack Tree : a novel of the siege of Vicksburg, by Patricia Clapp, pub. 1986, 214 p. Clapp gives a graphic account of living conditions during the siege and in defeat. The scenes where Rosemary tends the wounded in the makeshift hospitals are particularly strong and the quarrels and reconciliations between Rosemary and her Northern beau, and between emancipationist Derek and Southern belle Mary Byrd, will please romance fans. Gr. 7-10.
Meade of Gettysburg, by Freeman Cleaves, pub. 1960, 384 p., call #: 923.573 Meade C. This biography for a general audience recounts Meade's life from birth to death. While Gettysburg obviously figures largely in his story, his military career was long and varied.
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