Gabriel's Journey (Racing to Freedom Trilogy #3)by Alison Hart
Twelve-year-old Gabriel is too young to join the regiment as a soldier, but finds a job as personal groom to Champion, the
In the final book of the Racing to Freedom trilogy, ex-slave Gabriel leaves behind a successful horse racing career to join his parents at Camp Nelson, where his father is a Sergeant in the Fifth U.S. Colored Calvary of the Union Army.
Twelve-year-old Gabriel is too young to join the regiment as a soldier, but finds a job as personal groom to Champion, the unruly horse that belongs to Col. Waite, the white commander. When the Calvary receives orders to join white regiments in an attack on the Virginia salt works, Gabriel surreptitiously gets a hold of a horse and a uniform and joins the troops. But being a soldier is a lot harder than he imagined. Bad, weather, rough riding, dwindling supplies, and blatant racism wear heavily on his spirit. When his father and Col. Waite are not among the weary and wounded who return from battle, Gabriel mounts Champion and rides to the battlefield in search of them.
In the final book of this highly engrossing historical fiction trilogy set during the Civil War, author Alison Hart continues to explore the complex relationships between black and white, slave and master, and North and South. The result is a gripping story that vividly brings to life the danger and drama of a time when war and issues of race and freedom divided the country.
Background historical material, photos, and suggestions for further reading are included.
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This suspenseful book ends the Gabriel series at the Battle of Saltville in Virginia. Since it's all about the cavalry, the emphasis is still on horses. A grand way to read about and understand the Civil War and the contribution of African Americans.