He fought for himself.
He fought for his country.
He fought for acceptance.
As the son of an Italian count, Cavalry Colonel Louis Palma di Cesnola had more military experience than most of the leading officers in the Civil War. Objecting to his general’s orders, di Cesnola led his men into battle, earning himself a Medal of Honor.
When di Cesnola was captured and thrown into the notorious Libby Prison, he was forced to examine his life decisions. Upon release, di Cesnola was torn between his desire to return to war or to his wife and daughter—a battle of his heart and his duty.
Once the war ended, di Cesnola became America’s consul for archaeological excavators, and eventually became the first director of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. With every step of success, di Cesnola was forced to prove himself in a country that emphatically disapproved of immigrants. His plight forged a path of national acceptance of Italian-Americans throughout the entire country.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Charge and Charge Again
Chapter One: No Sooner Met
Chapter Two: Gone to War
Chapter Three: Revolution and Reversal
Chapter Four: Cavalry Lessons
Chapter Five: Charging the Crimea
Chapter Six: Saber and Siege
Chapter Seven: Becoming Italian-American
Chapter Eight: Oppressed, He Rises Again
Chapter Nine: This War Will Never End
Chapter Ten: Cold Like a Stone
Chapter Eleven: Libby-Lice-See-Um
Chapter Twelve: Belle Island Blues
Chapter Thirteen: Until the Bitter End
Chapter Fourteen: A Soldier’s Heart
Chapter Fifteen: Starting Over
Chapter Sixteen: Digging for Treasure
Chapter Seventeen: Making a Museum
Chapter Eighteen: Once More Into the Breach
Chapter Nineteen: Taps
Postscript: Real and Not-So-Real Things
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