Two Brothers: One North, One South

Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David Henderson Jones
     
 

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Exceptionally researched and keenly accurate to actual events, this harrowing novel expands upon the story of poet Walt Whitman, whose documented compassion for the wounded and dying soldiers of the Civil War brings him to Armory Square Hospital in Washington, DC, at the bedside of Rebel soldier William Prentiss. Just after the fighting has ended,

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Exceptionally researched and keenly accurate to actual events, this harrowing novel expands upon the story of poet Walt Whitman, whose documented compassion for the wounded and dying soldiers of the Civil War brings him to Armory Square Hospital in Washington, DC, at the bedside of Rebel soldier William Prentiss. Just after the fighting has ended, William’s brother Clifton, a Union officer, is admitted into another ward of the same hospital, and Whitman becomes the sole link between the two boys and their fractured family. Through their story, the narrative is swept from the hospital to Medfield Academy in Baltimore, where the Prentiss family makes its home, and onwards to the drawing rooms of high-society Richmond and the battlefields where North and South collide.

Editorial Reviews

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“With a diligent handling of the primary sources and a creative approach, David Jones has crafted a fine story of Maryland brothers who are Civil War soldiers, one in blue the other in gray.”  —Rea Andrew Redd, associate professor, Waynesburg University, and interim director, Eberly Library

“I can recommend David H. Jones’s Two Brothers to readers new to Civil War fiction and to those for whom the story of the war—no matter how familiar—bears repeating. Both groups will find profit in the book, less for its portrait of Whitman than for its attention to what the poet-nurse treasured above all else: the humanity that both shaped and cursed America’s most costly war.”  —Craig A. Warren, assistant professor of English & professional writing, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Penn State Erie

“A wonderful read that will appeal to history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.”  —Michael Aubrecht, historian and author, Pinstripe Press

AudioFile Magazine
Read by Kirsten Beyer with sensitivity . . . a heartfelt reading . . . yet she delivers action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension.
Library Journal

Former U.S. Navy officer Jones structures his dynamic Civil War novel around the experiences of two real-life brothers—William Prentiss, a Confederate soldier, and Clifton, a Union officer—adding a smartly conceived dramatic narrative hook by imagining how poet Walt Whitman's well-documented wartime experiences might have figured into their lives. Jones's solid research and fictional flourishes illuminate the tumult and the tragedy of the war, while actress Kirsten Beyer's passionate inflection befits these 19th-century characters and brings the war to an even more intimate level for listeners. While this title will appeal to Civil War reenactors and fans of the novels of Michael Shaara and his son, Jeff Shaara, it should also interest those less informed about the war and perhaps inspire them to seek out nonfiction accounts.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX


—Dale Farris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979689840
Publisher:
Staghorn Press
Publication date:
02/25/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


David H. Jones is a former Navy officer and entrepreneur. He lives in Los Angeles.

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