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The Mississippi Boys

The Mississippi Boys

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by Jane Bennett Gaddy

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Summer wheat, heavy with grain, waved in the July wind, and when touched by the afternoon sun, cast a golden glow on the rocks of Cemetery Ridge. Jonathan stood with his countrymen, rifle drawn, wiping sweat from his eyes with the sleeve of a ragged Confederate uniform. Then the nod, Longstreet to Pickett, whose men charged screaming the blood-curdling Rebel yell.


Summer wheat, heavy with grain, waved in the July wind, and when touched by the afternoon sun, cast a golden glow on the rocks of Cemetery Ridge. Jonathan stood with his countrymen, rifle drawn, wiping sweat from his eyes with the sleeve of a ragged Confederate uniform. Then the nod, Longstreet to Pickett, whose men charged screaming the blood-curdling Rebel yell. Brave soldiers, strength pressed to the breach, fell like autumn leaves. Blood ran freely down the hill. Gettysburg was a trough.

Jonathan could see with horrifying clarity from the hillside that Kemper, Armistead, and Semmes were dead. Garnett, already wounded in the leg, gallantly rode his horse in the charge facing certain death, and it was so. Jonathan reached the crest of the hill, slashing Union soldiers with every move, the grotesqueness of the hour searing his consciousness. He took a saber slash through the leg, grabbed the rogue Yank, and pulled him from his horse. With his bowie knife, he put an end to the savagery.

But Jonathan was a savage himself. Both countries had gone mad and, in madness, had taken along every southern gentleman.

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The Mississippi Boys 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that challenges my knowledge of the history of its setting. This book was not a disappointment. I read quickly as this was another page turner of hers. Then, I looked up all the historical things I didn’t know and delighted to learn more about the era. The way Jane handled the grief in her story was so “right on.” Her personal losses have given her an insight that resonates with the reader who is grieving. Jonathan’s toe to toe battle with the Lord reminded me of Jacob's wrestling with God and my own grief over many things and loved ones. Page 220, she writes “And she could hear the voice of her beloved husband saying, ‘I want you to take special care of yourself and the children. … I want you to recollect that life is uncertain and death sure, and if I should never be permitted to see you again, it is my wish that you should train our children up in the way that will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord and that their last days may be their best days.’” As a widow myself, these words are exactly the type voice I hear in my heart of my husband’s heart for our family. I heartily reccommend this book.
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LolaGB More than 1 year ago
The Mississippi Boys is a very wonderful book. It was well written.The characters and story were based on real people. I have always wanted to know more about the Cival War and about the part that Mississippi played in it. The chacters and the plot of the story was very good, excellent. It was so toching and thrilling. I think everyone would enjoy it . In fact I wish you could get some of Jane,s books in the Tupelo Mall. I think that you would have a lot of people ask for them. She also tells a lot of history of the Cival and the battles. You fill like you are really there. The characters come alive. When she talks about food, it makes me want to sit down and eat with them. The Mississippi Boys was written by my sister Jane Bennett Gaddy. I think she is a very excellent writer. The story was written about our Great, Great, Grandfather and his two sons. I have read their letters and heard my Grandmother talk about them all of my life.the story is action packed and you fill like you are right there with them. You feel there pain of being away from there family and the cold and the hard times of not having enough food and clothing. I am very proud of my Sister, Jane, for writing this book. I want to recommend it to everyone. Thank you, Barnes and Noble for getting it for me.
hiVC More than 1 year ago
soldiermom More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! What an excellent read. As a Southerner (married to a Northerner) it was refreshing to compare notes about the Civil War. I am an avid reader and choose my books wisely. The cover grabbed my attention in an effort to read about the rebel states. After reading The Mississippi Boys, I am now more proud to fly the rebel flag, knowing that we fought a good fight, we finished the course, and although victory was won by the North, there is joy in realizing that we were only defeated by numbers and experience. Our boys fought twice as hard to get so close. As the Mom of an Army soldier today, I am proud to list my son as a hero among the boys that fought for our Southern states. I feel that schools from the states that represented this fight should require students to read this family oriented book. With families fighting within themselves, this book reveals a reflection of what we have come from and how far we have strayed. I would highly recommend this book for any sort of reader, young to old, Northerner to Southerner, informative to relaxing. But beware, it's a page turner and ends all too quickly. WE NEED A SEQUEL!!!
SKB1201 More than 1 year ago
I loved The Mississippi Boys! It was like reading about family. When she developed each character you "knew" them. That way as the story line developed you would know why they said, or thought or felt a certain way because you did "know" them. The author beautifully portrays the South, with its rich heritage ringing through in the sentiments of a real southern writer. I can smell the grits and bacon cooking for breakfast now! She wrote with great detail and feeling as to their emotions and you knew how they would react to certain events in their life- you are even cheering them on to that end! When you come to the end chapters you don't want to read too fast because it is about to be over- much too soon! Maybe there is a sequel so we can read more about this great family who "gave their last full measure of devotion"? I see Hallmark Movie written all over the pages of The Mississippi Boys.
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suggokie More than 1 year ago
A well written book about my ggg-grandfather TG and his family during the Civil War. The book follows very close to the proven history & letters written by TG and his two sons
Thanks for all your hard work and you were right a few tears while reading the book
choirmemberTH More than 1 year ago
The family unit is the strongest element of the book. This family faced
many hardships and struggles of the 1860s and survived. This thought
parallels our times so well. The reader can feel the heartaches of the
mother as she faces situtations of her day. As mothers of today face
the heartache of seeing a husband or son go off to war she survives.
The author does an excellent job of enterweaving home life and the many
problems of trying to stay together.