The Long Roll

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Before the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, Mary Johnston's The Long Roll was one of the most successful Civil War novels ever written, hailed on its publication in 1911 as "the best fictional study of the Civil War that has yet been done" (North American Review). Unlike Mitchell's novel of the aristocratic home front, The Long Roll is set among the fighting armies and deftly blends fact with fiction. Capturing the epic scale of the war, Johnston follows the adventures of the fictional Richard Cleave of Virginia, a Confederate artillery officer, and of General "Stonewall" Jackson during the most decisive engagements in the years of Confederate supremacy: Manassas, the Seven Days, Malvern Hill, and Sharpsburg. She mixes the details of warfare - strategies, tactics, and logistics - with sweeping descriptions of raw courage and reckless abandon.The Long Roll, which succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life the differing motives for secession and war and in evoking the suspicions and battered consciences of both North and South, is followed by a sequel, Cease Firing.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World

A cousin of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Mary Johnston was an enormously popular novelist in her day... Innovative[ly] mixing fact and fiction, she drew on wartime diarists and on the memories of her fighting cousin, who figures as a character in the books.

William and Mary College
“[It] is more of a history than a novel. But it is a history in which not only the facts, but the emotions and desires of a great people are told.”
New York Times
“Romances of the Civil War we have ad nauseum; but the war was no romance. In Cease Firing... we have the raw war itself.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781117589688
  • Publisher: BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2009
  • Pages: 700
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Johnston (1870-1936) was one of the most popular authors of her generation. Granddaughter of the renowned Confederate commander General Joseph E. Johnston, she had more than an academic interest in the Civil War.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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    The digitizing is unreadable, do not waste your time,

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