The life and death of a group of Civil War volunteers from Enfield, N.C., is presented with overwhelming detail and...

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The life and death of a group of Civil War volunteers from Enfield, N.C., is presented with overwhelming detail and effective accuracy. There are many pages of footnotes; actual words, letters, and the homely rhymes spoken and written are used; the men are described from photographs and assessed from accounts passed down through their families. The first part moves slowly as the war must have done but the tempo changes with the shifts of the battles, from Manasaas to the unending routs preceding Appomatox, and, by simply heaping one truthful detail upon another, the account acquires a living self and stature. This should stir Southerners who relive the Civil War with these hard fighting, homesick Enfielders. Northerners will be stirred, too, to a new understanding, by the personal terms of this additional panel of Civil War history.

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Holt

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956