An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

by Karl Bacon

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Michael palmer is a good man, a family man. But honor and duty push him to leave his comfortable life and answer the call from Abraham Lincoln to fight for his country. This “citizen soldier” learns quickly that war is more than the battle on the field. Long marches under extreme conditions, illness, and disillusionment challenge at every turn. Faith seems lost in a blur of smoke and blood … and death. Michael’s only desire is to kill as many Confederate soldiers as he can so he can go home. He coldly counts off the rebels that fall to his bullets. Until he is brought up short by a dying man holding up his Bible. It’s in the heat of battle at Gettysburg and the solemn aftermath that Michael begins to understand the grave cost of the war upon his soul. Here the journey really begins as he searches for the man he was and the faith he once held so dearly. With the help of his beloved wife, Jesse Ann, he takes the final steps towards redemption and reconciliation.Using first-hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, Karl Bacon has crafted a detailed, genuine and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Intensely personal and accurate to the times, culture, and tragedy of the Civil War, An Eye for Glory may change you in ways you could have never imagined as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310412625
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karl Bacon is a first time novelist, but long time student of the Civil War. He and his wife, Jackie live in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

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Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
pbadeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Because I have typically enjoyed novels of the Civil War, I was attracted to this title. However, the fact that it was published by Zondervan ¿ a Christian Publishing House ¿ did cause me to hesitate. Not a heathen by trade, I still tend to shy away from overtly religious tracts whose purpose is to exacerbate my Catholic Guilt or belittle my already limited self-worth. Much to my surprise, "An Eye for Glory" did an excellent job of balancing the religious undertones with the serious matter of surviving battle during the US Civil War. Admittedly, each chapter begins with a bible verse, and the chaplain tends to show up rather often, but the story of a volunteer union soldier, of recognizably strong Christian Faith, who struggles with identifying the hand of God through some horrific acts of war is a powerful one. Bacon does a disturbingly good job at describing some of the battles, and the hospital ward scenes in particular should not be read during lunch. The protagonist Bacon creates is believable and immensely relatable. Highly Recommended.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book set during the civil war we see the battle thru the eyes of Michael Palmer, a thirty three year old man who lived a comfortable life in his hometown of Naugatuck Connecticut, with his wife Jessie Anne, and their two children. He felt God was leading him to answer the call by Abraham Lincoln to join the fight. So when he and his best friend John Robinson volunteer to fight, John asks him if he will be able to kill the enemy Michael is unsure, but when they find themselves in the midst of battle they do what they are trained to do. Michael soon finds himself looking at the enemy as demons of sorts, that must be killed in order for the war to end so that he can get back home to his family, but during a particularly bloody battle at Gettysburg where Michael is keeping "score" of how many of the enemy he has killed, one of the men he has shot holds up a Bible and asks him read scripture while he passes away, Michael realizes that the enemy are actually his christian brothers that are fighting for a cause just like he is. He becomes disillusioned, losing his faith that God could ever be with him because he is taking the lives of so many. Even though the war comes to an end, it doesn't end for Michael, not until he reveals to Jessie Ann what has been haunting him. She tells him the only way he will find peace is to find the widow and return the Bible that he has kept with him all those years. It was hard to believe while reading this story that this is Mr. Bacon's first book! I read alot of historical fiction, and stories set during the Civil War are my favorite to read, but in reading "An Eye For Glory" I had to keep reminding myself that the book was actually a work of fiction. As we watch Michael change throughout the story, it was easy to feel the pain of loss that he felt, but more than that the turmoil he felt within himself for what he had to do. Jessie Ann was also a very strong character, whose depth of compassion and understanding new no limits.It is easy to see that Mr. Bacon really did his research, with richly detailed descriptions of the battles, and the everyday drudgery of a soldiers life. He easily weaves in the element of suspense, as the reader knows that Michael might not make it thru the next battle. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to read more from this talented author!I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a terrific job of setting the stage for the tough decisions made by all men that fought in this terrible war. He does an equally terrific job of describing the boredom, the privation, and hardships that the soldiers endured. The battle scenes are very detailed and make you feel like you are there and seeing what the characters are dealing with. Whether you are a fiction lover or a history buff, this would be a great read for either. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to a follow up from this author!!!
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fascinating perspective on the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a civilian that volunteers for a 3 year term as a Union soldier. I am intrigued by the Civil War so I was excited to read this book, but I was concerned that I might have a hard time getting into it. Boy was I wrong. I jumped in and was swept away to the another time and place. I followed Michael Palmer as he enlisted, left his family, trained, went into battle for the first time and the time after that and the time after that... It was really interesting to follow the battles and the process of the war through Michael's eye. A very good book, I look forward to my high schooler reading it soon!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It must never be thought that the field of battle falls silent once the fighting stops, for when the guns cease firing and the last echoes die, the wailing cries of the thousands of wounded arise in a pitiable chorus of woe. A short distance away I heard the rasping liquid breathing of a man who had probably been shot in the upper chest or throat. The whimpering sighs and guttural groans of those in the throes of deepest distress formed the cords of the ostinato, while from every direction individual voices called out their solo pleas, praying for help, hoping for deliverance. "Help me...please help me.." "I can't feel anything...just cold..." "Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou..." "I am so sorry, Mother..." "A sip of water...anyone...anyone..." "Father, forgive this dying sinner..." "Your Josh will not be home again..." "Don't leave me, friend..." "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory..." Then, from somewhere behind that dreadful rock wall, perhaps atop the frowning hill that had loomed over us all day, and carried between the lines upon a light breeze on that cold night, I heard the mournful strains of a violin as some soldier in gray or butternut bowed his own musical requiem out over that plan. The tune I did not know, but the sentiment that soldier conveyed was exceedingly somber and too familiar. So many died, and more would die before the dawn. (pg 125). An Eye for Glory by Karl A. Bacon is the latest novel that chronicles the life of a citizen soldier in the Civil War. Eloquently told in breath-taking detail you can almost smell the gunpowder and hear the passing of a musket ball just inches from your face. This is an amazing book that any lover of war stories would love to read. Using first hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, author Karl Bacon has crafted a detail, genuine, and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Never reading a book like this before has changed me in ways I could have never imagined as we relive what it must have been like on the battlefields fighting for the end of slavery against the North and South within our own country. I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was humbled by the stories seen through the eyes of Union soldier Michael Palmer as he leaves behind his wife and family to head off to the war. This book rates a 5 out of 5 American stars for me! It is available in paperback, MP3 and eBook formats.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
In this book set during the civil war we see the battle thru the eyes of Michael Palmer, a thirty three year old man who lived a comfortable life in his hometown of Naugatuck Connecticut, with his wife Jessie Anne, and their two children. He felt God was leading him to answer the call by Abraham Lincoln to join the fight. So when he and his best friend John Robinson volunteer to fight, John asks him if he will be able to kill the enemy Michael is unsure, but when they find themselves in the midst of battle they do what they are trained to do. Michael soon finds himself looking at the enemy as demons of sorts, that must be killed in order for the war to end so that he can get back home to his family, but during a particularly bloody battle at Gettysburg where Michael is keeping "score" of how many of the enemy he has killed, one of the men he has shot holds up a Bible and asks him read scripture while he passes away, Michael realizes that the enemy are actually his christian brothers that are fighting for a cause just like he is. He becomes disillusioned, losing his faith that God could ever be with him because he is taking the lives of so many. Even though the war comes to an end, it doesn't end for Michael, not until he reveals to Jessie Ann what has been haunting him. She tells him the only way he will find peace is to find the widow and return the Bible that he has kept with him all those years. It was hard to believe while reading this story that this is Mr. Bacon's first book! I read alot of historical fiction, and stories set during the Civil War are my favorite to read, but in reading "An Eye For Glory" I had to keep reminding myself that the book was actually a work of fiction. As we watch Michael change throughout the story, it was easy to feel the pain of loss that he felt, but more than that the turmoil he felt within himself for what he had to do. Jessie Ann was also a very strong character, whose depth of compassion and understanding new no limits. It is easy to see that Mr. Bacon really did his research, with richly detailed descriptions of the battles, and the everyday drudgery of a soldiers life. He easily weaves in the element of suspense, as the reader knows that Michael might not make it thru the next battle. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to read more from this talented author! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Russong More than 1 year ago
An Eye For Glory Karl Bacon With a great grasp of the movements and scope of our only national war, Karl Bacon skillfully weaves a first-person narrative that propels readers into the noble but bloody experience of Michael Palmer, a 34-year-old family man who joins up with the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Along with his best friend, John Robinson, Palmer senses a calling from God and a duty to his fellow countryman to get involved as a soldier in the Civil War. And in a gritty journal that he writes many years after the war's end, he details for his three children the difficult and painful details of his foray into the great conflict, details that he had never before divulged. Even though a work of fiction, readers of the book are given great insight into the intricate, actual strategies employed by both Union and Confederate troops through realistic dialogue and vividly descriptive battle scenes. The author has clearly done his homework, and this is evident in his covering of some of the key battle sites, such as Antietam Creek and Gettysburg. His capturing of the regional dialects of each camp in the remarkable interactions between friend and foe is especially effective. Most compelling in the journal of Michael Palmer is his struggle with determining the will of God in the war, as combatants and general officers from each side seem convinced that they know God is on their respective sides. And when Palmer allows himself to descend into the dark realm of hatred for all things Confederate, he is faced with perhaps his life's most defining moment. A Rebel soldier that he himself has just shot reaches up and begs him to read consoling scriptures over him as he passes on to glory. As scores of noble men, including his own best friend, begin to fall around him, Palmer's life continues to slide into never-before-seen levels of depression and melancholy as all his efforts seem meaningless and vain. Even as the war draws to a close and victory is celebrated, he knows he must complete a very difficult task in order to earn forgiveness and freedom for his own soul. For a time, though, he tries to return to normalcy in his familial surroundings, hoping to cover up the enduring pain. When nothing else assuages the ache, he heads southward to hostile territory to find the slain soldier's widow and return to her the Bible that belonged to her husband. With great detail, the journal of Michael Palmer reveals a deeply emotional and miraculous encounter that eventually paves the way for this war hero to receive the healing his soul craves. Karl Bacon gets great marks from me for his first novel.
LJMTOTO More than 1 year ago
An Eye for Glory is a riveting debut novel by a gifted new author, Karl Bacon. Set against the back drop of the War Between the States, this well crafted chronicle is one soldier's experience, as it is told to his grown children years later. The author, a long time student of the Civil War, portrayed the 14th Connecticut Infantry with historical accuracy, compelling characters, and vivid scenes that kept me engaged until the very last page. A family man, Michael G. Palmer answers the call to duty in 1862 along with his life long friend, John Robinson. Through sickness, humor, victory, and bloodshed Michael keeps a series of journals, and continues to pen letters to his beloved wife, Jessie Anne. With every passing season, it becomes evident this war will not be the short term engagement for which our country has hoped. Political upheaval abounds and the future of the nation grows more uncertain. As Michaels's loss becomes greater, the battle becomes more personal. Duty drives him to kill as many Rebels as possible in order to bring an end to the bloody war - his only hope of retuning home to Jessie Ann. But when he brings his rifle down on an enemy soldier who shares his own deep faith, Michael is forever changed. Long after the war is over, and Michael is home, the battle within him continues, causing him to grow more distant from Jessie Anne than when he was away. When she discovers the dead man's Bible among Michael's possessions, she confronts Michael, and soon discovers his dark secret as well. There seems only one remedy for the festering wound and the pain her husband has harbored- she must send him away again, on a journey that will take more courage than Michael has even known. An Eye for Glory is a story of duty, faith, and restoration. It is a well written historical novel by a knowledgeable author who treats Americans on both sides of the War Between the Sates with honesty, compassion, and respect.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although he loathed leaving his beloved wife Jesse Ann and their children back in Connecticut, Michael Palmer heeds the call of President Lincoln and enlists in 1862. However, he quickly finds himself detesting the deaths of friends and the incompetent leadership of the political hacks in charge of the soldiers who sit in the rear sending people to their death without a thought. Still he vows to do his duty even as his anger at the killings of his comrades has him thirsty for the slaying of Confederate soldiers. At Gettysburg, Michael keeps score of those he shoots until a dying enemy holds aloft his family bible. Michael is stunned as realizes he had demonized the foe, but like him they have families praying for their return. After he helps the soldier with his final dying breaths by reading scripture to him, Michael takes the bible with him. When the war ends, he tells his Jesse Ann what he did to Mr. Augustus Wyatt of North Carolina. She persuades him to find the soldier's widow in order to return to her the bible and pray she forgives his shattered soul. This is an excellent historical tale with an insightful look at the 14th Connecticut Infantry through the eyes of Michael, who became immune to the death of the enemy as he no longer saw them as God's flock. He also loses his faith in the Lord with the deaths of his comrades. Bloody as the battlefields were and still are, the aftermath of combat in the survivors grips readers. Perhaps those who use the war card as a first option should peruse An Eye for Glory to comprehend first hand the true cost to God's children. Harriet Klausner