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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Editorial Reviews

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"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."  —LibraryJournal.com Audio Book Reviews

"Unforgettable characters . . . well worth investing the time to read it. Civil War buffs and anyone interested in the history of our great country . . . will relish this book.  —MyShelf.com

"A rarity! Good historical fiction! . . .  Eminently readable with a good flow and timing . . . well worth a leisurely read."  —Charge! Civil War Wargaming & News

"Jones makes good use of this source material, crafting a novel with strong appeal for military history buffs."  —Historical Novel Society

"If you are a Civil War buff, make room on your shelf for this one . . . and if you love an incredibly moving story, indulge yourself."  —Armchair Interviews

"A highly charged emotional rendering. We rated this touching novel five hearts."  —Heartland Reviews

"A highly dramatic and original storyline . . . meticulously researched for maximum believability. . . . A wonderful read that will appeal to history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line."  —Pinstripe Press Blog

Pinstripe Press Blog
A highly dramatic and original storyline . . . meticulously researched for maximum believability. . . . A wonderful read that will appeal to history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Myshelf
Unforgettable characters . . . well worth investing the time to read it. Civil War buffs and anyone interested in the history of our great country, and what helped to mold it into what it is today, will relish this book.
Charge! Civil War Wargaming & News
A rarity! Good historical fiction! . . . . Eminently readable with a good flow and timing . . . well worth a leisurely read.
Historical Novel Society
Jones makes good use of this source material, crafting a novel with strong appeal for military history buffs.
Armchair Interviews
If you are a Civil War buff, make room on your shelf for this one; if you love history, you don't want to miss this one, and if you love an incredibly moving story indulge yourself by reading Two Brothers: One North, One South.
Heartland Reviews
A highly charged emotional rendering. We rated this touching novel five hearts.
Long Island Press
A Civil War novel narrated by Long Island poet Walt Whitman, Two Brothers tells the story of the war from an almost impossibly real point of view. Remarkably researched, Jones paints an eerily accurate portrait that spans four years in the midst of America's costliest and most commemorated war. Whitman, written in as a character, finds himself at the hospital bedside of William Prentiss, a Rebel soldier, just as war has ended. Prentiss' brother, Clifton, a Union officer, is injured and staying in another ward of the same hospital, and Whitman becomes the sole link between the two, and the rest of their family as well. The reader is taken from Medfield Academy in Baltimore, where the Prentiss family lives, to the battlefields where North and South collide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979689857
  • Publisher: Staghorn Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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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