Charles Andre is an enigma, a sensitive teenager and one of the oldest orphans in a New Orleans asylum, a quiet youth whose dreams seem to exceed his abilities and social status. He watches the battle for New Orleans unfold and realizes the Civil War can provide an opportunity to strike out in the world, even if that world is embedded with death and destruction. His attempt to join the Confederate Army ends in stunning rejection. With aid from an unlikely source, he joins a nearby Union regiment. Mixing historical truth with fill-in-the-blanks fiction, Reveille explores the world of the teenager as he endures the hardships of simply existing day to day in a nation ravaged by war. It is in the midst of three key battles that Charles is transformed from tentative soul to tempered steel. Every step he took, every decision he made, was designed to lead him closer to his life goal: Find a family and become a part of it. He reached his goal...and it was every bit as hard as he thought it would be. In the process, the boy became a man.