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Posted July 23, 2010
Sloppy and Disappointing
The authors missed so many basic facts, that I found myself wondering how much I could believe. For example: they described the muskets as weighing 18 lbs! (maybe two muskets might weigh that) On another page, they described the sound of musket hammers falling on gunpowder. On the standard muskets used by both sides, the hammers fell on percussion caps producing a sharp snap, not the pfft they claimed.
I finally gave up when Knight (maybe) kills McLemore, and the authors claimed the others in the room had eyes filled with cordite smoke. Cordite was a smokeless propellant invented in England a quarter of a century after the end of the Civil War.
For me, they lost all credibility at about page 134.
If they cannot get basic information correct, their interpretation becomes suspect. Granted the deatils I found annoyingly wrong MIGHT be construed as "artistic license" for dramatic effect, but this is proported to be history, not a novel.
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