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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 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.
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Posted June 23, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.