FIGHT OR DIE
For Sergeant Gil Metairie and other Confederate prisoners during the War Between the States, life in captivity was more dangerous than fighting in the front lines. Every day brought more casualties from weakness or disease. The deplorable conditions forced many prisoners—including Gil—to become “Galvanized Yankees,” former Confederate soldiers who joined the Union Army to fight Indians out West. But life on the frontier was no easier for Gil and the others. They soon learned that no one there was glad to see them. The Union troops didn’t trust them, and the Indians were looking only for a way to rid their lands of all white men forever. Surrounded by enemies, the Galvanized Yankees had to fight harder than ever to survive—battling threats on both sides of the fort’s walls.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There was no question amongst the Confederate soldiers who had fought and died alongside him. Sgt. Gil Metairie took his oath seriously. After languishing in a Union prison, Metairie realized that his duty was to himself. He must use whatever means necessary to stay alive. Disease was rampant. If the prisoners weren’t dying from smallpox, the harshness of their living conditions killed them. So, Metairie decided to take a new oath. A year’s service out west fighting Indians instead of sitting out the war at Rock Island Prison seemed preferable to freezing to death or dying of smallpox. Little did he know that he’d be castigated and called a traitor by those who chose not to swear an oath to the Union Army and by the soldiers of his new command. “Once They Wore the Gray” is about men whose desire to stay alive took precedence over any oath they had previously given to the Confederacy; men who exchanged one hardship for another. It is about survival in a hostile environment. It is about having to prove yourself on the field of battle all over again. Taken from the pages of history, Boggs has another proven winner. Well written. Excellent read. Great characters. Would recommend this book to anyone seeking information about Galvanized Yankees. The battles with Indians were thrilling, to say the least.