Review by Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews
We rated this touching novel five hearts
This is about a well to do family in Maryland torn apart by the Civil War. One son goes off to fight for the South. The older brother ends up as an officer in the North. Both end up in units comprised of members from Maryland. Both are severely wounded and end up dying a couple of wards away from one another. A government civil servant who became one of America’s great poets, Walt Whitman, visits and provides succor to wounded soldiers, including the younger Rebel brother. He tells that boy’s story through his eyes to the rest of the family when they come to visit the dying older brother. This is a highly charged emotional rendering of what has become so wrong when families are torn apart by war, politics, and willfulness.