Two Brothers: One North, One South

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979689840
  • Publisher: Staghorn Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,099,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    An American family¿s struggle woven onto the tapestry of one of the most bitter times in US history!

    Many authors who attempt to write historical fiction have difficulty weaving their story onto the backdrop of the historical time-period they use as a setting. Those authors could learn a lot from David H. Jones. Taking only a few snippets of journals, memoirs, and obscure newspaper articles, Jones expertly tells the tale of a Maryland family driven apart by the Civil War. The youngest brother takes up arms with the Confederacy, while an older brother becomes a Union officer. Both serve with distinction, meeting on the field of battle at Petersburg. The main characters in the book are all historical figures, and the esteemed poet Walt Whitman is a key figure in the book, as he spends time with both brothers as they are recuperating from wounds. The author does a masterful job of taking the historical characters and events and filling in the gaps in the historic timeline with completely believable events which only add to the rich tapestry of the story. Civil war enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy good family drama stories will find this book hard to believe. FIVE STARS.

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