A Union of Brothers [NOOK Book]

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Firman Kirk was a happy young man of nineteen, living in Pennsylvania and running his own logging crew for his father’s sawmill when the Confederate army of the South fired on Fort Sumter, thus igniting the American Civil War.
It was not a question of whether or not he would join in the fight to prevent the country from splitting in two, and soon he found himself signing to service with Thomas Kane.
What some thought would be a short conflict ...
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A Union of Brothers

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Overview

Firman Kirk was a happy young man of nineteen, living in Pennsylvania and running his own logging crew for his father’s sawmill when the Confederate army of the South fired on Fort Sumter, thus igniting the American Civil War.
It was not a question of whether or not he would join in the fight to prevent the country from splitting in two, and soon he found himself signing to service with Thomas Kane.
What some thought would be a short conflict turned into a terrible tragedy lasting over 4 years and taking the lives of many young men, including many of Firman’s friends.
On the eve of Firman leaving home to join the army, he meets a young woman named Ophelia, and they agree to remain in contact. It is thoughts of her and her letters that keep young Firman sane and moving forward as he faces the realities of war and endures extreme hardships such as the cold winters with little to keep warm with or to eat, and living through the horrors of Andersonville prison that only German concentration camps could rival.
Told from the perspective of Firman himself, A Union of Brothers is a heartwarming tale of what life was like for many of the men in the Northern army, and quite possibly that of the Confederate.

Suitable for most ages and interests, this story is based on the true accounts of Firman Kirk, as retold by the author, his great-grandson, Steven Kirk. It is not so much of a war story as it is a story about life, as it is full of his thoughts and musings, as well as original letters between him, his parents, and Ophelia. Poignant, heart-warming and heart-breaking, you will revel in Firman’s triumphs and cry over his misfortunes. This is one story you must not let pass by you.
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Editorial Reviews

Teacher, Charlotte NC - Lynn Cole
“This book is a perfect storm, a brilliant mix of historical fiction, nonfiction and a love story embedded throughout! I found myself rooting for Firman. Loved it.”
Architect, Petersburgh, NY - Dave Sadowsky
“I’m not much of a history buff- but I could not put this one down, a fascinating read. Also found the historic references and chronologies truly enlightening”.
USMC, Retired - Raymond Babbie, Major
“Simply written, but poignant in its illustration of the suffering and pain of war balanced by loyalty to country and loved ones. Although a story of one man, it represents many of the experiences of thousands of citizens-turned-soldiers throughout history. This is a book is a treasure. I was engrossed by the hardships and violence endured by Firman Kirk and his comrades and the balance of his thoughtful tenderness in his letters to a distant love. I did not want this book to end.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016419671
  • Publisher: Steven Kirk
  • Publication date: 6/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Kirk was born and raised in Plattburgh New York. He attended schools in the Plattsburgh City School District and graduated from Plattsburgh High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Environmental Design and Planning. He owned a community and economic development consulting firm for over two decades and now works in the emergency management field.

He has been interested in US and world history since his early high school days and decided to write "A Union of Brothers" when he learned his great grandfather, Firman Kirk, served as a member of the famed Pennsylvania "Bucktails".

He currently resides in the Albany New York area with his wife and children.
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  • Posted August 7, 2013

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    Firman Kirk was a happy young man of nineteen, living in Pennsyl

    Firman Kirk was a happy young man of nineteen, living in Pennsylvania and running his own logging crew for his father’s sawmill when the Confederate army of the South fired on Fort Sumter, thus igniting the American Civil War.
    It was not a question of whether or not he would join in the fight to prevent the country from splitting in two, and soon he found himself signing to service with Thomas Kane. 
    What some thought would be a short conflict turned into a terrible tragedy lasting over 4 years and taking the lives of many young  men, including many of Firman’s friends.
    On the eve of Firman leaving home to join the army, he meets a young woman named Ophelia, and they agree to remain in contact. It is thoughts of her and her letters that keep young Firman sane and moving forward as he faces the realities of war and endures extreme hardships such as the cold winters with little to keep warm with or to eat, and living through the horrors of Andersonville prison that only German concentration camps could rival.
    Told from the perspective of Firman himself, A Union of Brothers is a heartwarming tale of what life was like for many of the men in the Northern army, and quite possibly that of the Confederate.

    Suitable for most ages and interests, this story is based on the true accounts of Firman Kirk, as retold by the author, his great-grandson, Steven Kirk. It is not so much of a war story as it is a story about life, as it is full of his thoughts and musings, as well as letters between him, his parents, and Ophelia. Poignant, heart-warming and heart-breaking, you will revel in Firman’s triumphs and cry over his misfortunes. This is one story you must not let pass by you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Union of Bothers

    This book appeals to a wide audience. It is historical fiction and love story at the same time. It captures the time period and the events of the Civil War in a way that makes you feel like you are actually there. I highly recommend this book and easily give it a five star rating.

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