Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War

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The gripping story of six West Point graduates who fought each other in the Civil War.

With Civil War clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets: George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Wesley Merritt.

Right after their graduations, war erupted in 1861. They stayed blue or went gray, and even faced each ...

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Overview

The gripping story of six West Point graduates who fought each other in the Civil War.

With Civil War clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets: George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Wesley Merritt.

Right after their graduations, war erupted in 1861. They stayed blue or went gray, and even faced each other in battle. Acclaimed military historian Tom Carhart vividly brings to life these young men of valor and honor, and the valiant victories and crushing defeats of the war. They made their marks on the history of a new nation split apart, then reunited and reborn-but only at the cost of the blood of brothers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425239100
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,392,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Carhart has been a lawyer and a historian for the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of West Point, a decorated Vietnam veteran, and has earned a Ph.D. in American and military history from Princeton University. He is the author of four books of military history and teaches at Mary Washington College near his home in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Benny Havens 7

2 Two Key Institutions 25

3 Cadet Days 34

4 Impending Disunion 59

5 The Fighting Begins 84

6 Fighting on the Peninsula 113

7 Second Battle of Bull Run 133

8 Battle of Antietam 143

9 The Battle of Fredericksburg 162

10 Battle of Chancellorsville 173

11 The Battle of Gettysburg 195

12 The Wilderness 216

13 Battle of Spotsylvania 230

14 The Shenandoah Valley 244

15 Cavalry Clashes 262

16 Tora, Tora, Tora 275

17 Cloudburst 296

18 Counterattack 315

19 Valley Conquest and Rosser's Raids 342

20 Appomattox Campaign 356

21 Old Soldiers 365

Notes 389

Index 407

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Good read. Book takes a interesting perspective looking at the civil war through the eyes of six individuals who became friends at West Point and later crossed paths as soldiers of the NORTH and SOUTH (friends fighting friends).
    I do recommend this book as classroom material.

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