Cain at Gettysburg

Cain at Gettysburg

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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Winner of the American Library Association's W. Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They'll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight.

In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy unfolds for immigrants in blue and barefoot Rebels alike. The fate of our nation will be decided in a few square miles of fields.

Following a tough Confederate sergeant from the Blue Ridge, a bitter Irish survivor of the Great Famine, a German political refugee, and gun crews in blue and gray, Cain at Gettysburg is as grand in scale as its depictions of combat are unflinching.

For three days, battle rages. Through it all, James Longstreet is haunted by a vision of war that leads to a fateful feud with Robert E. Lee. Scheming Dan Sickles nearly destroys his own army. Gallant John Reynolds and obstreperous Win Hancock, fiery William Barksdale and dashing James Johnston Pettigrew, gallop toward their fates....

There are no marble statues on this battlefield, only men of flesh and blood, imperfect and courageous. From New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Army officer Ralph Peters, Cain at Gettysburg is bound to become a classic of men at war.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012.
ISBN: 9780765330475
Branch Call Number: FICTION PET
Characteristics: 429 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Feb 10, 2016

Once again we are in the summer of 1863 and two armies meet at a crossroads in Pennsylvania at a place neither wanted to be. As the three day battle unfolds we follow the fates of two regiments both numbered 26th from North Carolina and Wisconsin. Both will be used up by the third day. The usual big characters are there fighting the enemy and quarreling with each other. Meade gets a fairer treatment than in Killer Angels. Peters acknowledges the place Shaara's work holds but reminds us that the battle is large enough to provide many novelists material for their work. This reviewer a former redleg, was happy to see General Henry Hunt and his artillery men get their due.

wagner4 Dec 28, 2012

Ralph Peters AKA Owen Parry. Be sure to look up his other work under his pen name Owen Parry. All od his Civil War books are incredible

Sep 14, 2012

One of the greatest war novels I have ever read. Any fan of The Killer Angels will love this.

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