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Casualties A Novel of the Civil War
     

Casualties A Novel of the Civil War

by David Rothstein
 

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In the spring of 1864 Laura Connor sets out alone from her home in Indiana driving a wagon and team of horses. She has determined to rescue her husband, Thomas, a captured Union soldier, from the Confederate prison at Cahawba in Alabama.

With each step of her journey she descends further into the heart of the war's darkness: scourged landscapes, a Confederate

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In the spring of 1864 Laura Connor sets out alone from her home in Indiana driving a wagon and team of horses. She has determined to rescue her husband, Thomas, a captured Union soldier, from the Confederate prison at Cahawba in Alabama.

With each step of her journey she descends further into the heart of the war's darkness: scourged landscapes, a Confederate surgeon faced with the aftermath of a battle, bereaved mothers of wounded and killed soldiers, runaway slaves, and somewhere in the swamps in a lost and dying country, the prison. She has no idea how she will be received there or even if Thomas is still alive.

At the prison Thomas fights against despair, hunger, disease and the prison commandant, ultimately deciding that escape is his only alternative.

Inspired by a true occurrence, Casualties is a story of the power of love, and of the strength and heroism of ordinary people confronting overwhelming events.

Lee Smith, New York Times best selling author says,

"I was completely gripped by Casualties, as vivid and accurate a novel of the Civil War as has ever been written. It is similar to Cold Mountain in that it involves a journey, and it also possesses the unusual feature of being both a man's book and a woman's book at once. It's a brilliant novel, tightly and carefully constructed though it covers literally the breadth and length of the War. I especially admire the eloquent yet unsentimental prose style which perfectly captures the gravity and intensity of this extraordinary time."

Editorial Reviews

Linda Derry
I absolutely love this book, and now recommend it to everyone with great enthusiasm. I just could not put the book down. The imagery is completely engaging. You feel as if you are there. If you want to reflect on what the Civil War meant to those that experienced it, this is your book. And, it is also an intense love story. For me, the ending of this book captures, in a very authentic way, the very essence and transcendent meaning of the historical events and places described in the novel.
Cindy Stanley
This book is one of the most well written, moving and vivid novels I've ever read. The characters are people you immediately care about and want to know more about. Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down. The journey they take you on will stay with you long after you've read the last page. Your tears will be real and plentiful. Civil War buff or not, this book is a must read.
Raymond Mullen
An Absolute Masterpiece! I truly hope this book will become a classic. It contains not one dull page. This is just an amazing story told by a very gifted author. The ending will absolutely astound you.
On a personal note, I have followed the Civil War for 40 plus years and can't even guess at how many books I've read. This one is without a doubt among the best.
Linda Hale
Please make this into a movie! This is a wonderful novel which I was not able to put down. The characters jump from the page and carry you back into the most violent time of our country's history. The conditions these men and women endured were unbearable by today's standards. Woven into this reality is the reality of a love so strong that it withstood the unthinkable. As a teacher I would like to see this as required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453877029
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/21/2010
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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David is a writer, photographer and student of the Civil War. He is working on a sequel to Casualties.

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