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Sley the Reed [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Evans
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Book Description

The spell-check is working: Sley (verb): To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a loom’s reed; a term used by weavers.

Book One of Sley the Reed is a first person account of Luther Stockton, a young Confederate soldier who finds himself doubting the justice of "The Cause" and whose war-weariness is compounded by events in his personal life. The story opens at Gettysburg, and follows the actions of Ewell's Second Corps during those fateful days in July of 1863. An already seasoned veteran, Luther’s first-person account describes in vivid detail a soldier’s “boots on the ground” version of the battle as he witnesses the deaths of his companions and the near-destruction of his army.
As the crippled Army of Northern Virginia retreats, so, too, does the gravely wounded young protagonist. Luther is left to recuperate in the farm home of the Hauers, a Union-loyal family…a family still grieving over the loss of their eldest son, a casualty in the Battle of Front Royal. Luther is nursed by Rudy Hauer’s widow, who initially believes Luther should be in a prison camp—not the comfortable bed the Hauers graciously provide. But the two “enemies” eventually learn to communicate, and ultimately learn that love can overcome ideological differences.
Luther’s medical furlough ends, and he returns to participate in numerous (and horrendous) battles. He chronicles the fighting in The Wilderness, Spotsylvania and the Bloody Angle, Cold Harbor, The Siege of Petersburg, and Jubal Early’s Valley Campaign, before returning to Petersburg and witnessing the death struggles of the Confederacy.
The Army of Northern Virginia's story is followed to its conclusion; Luther survives to witness Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.

At that late point in the novel, the account is taken up in Book Two by a young war widow named Annie McLeod. She is a weaver—hence the title—and she chronicles a personal story of the difficulties involved in putting grief behind her, and in helping one tormented young veteran to do likewise.

Product Details

  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058OIXTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful story of duty, honor, compassion, heartbreak, tragedy, and friendships, in a Civil War setting. The story tells of the hardships and suffering of the soldiers on battlefields. The writer has the ability to create characters you know, women you love, and men you admirer. This is more than a wonderful story. It is a classic in the sense you will have more empathy after you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Civil war "sort of romance" February 11, 2013
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This is a pretty well done novel about the civil war, and it's effects on one man. A well written story. Battle scenes were spot on, and the true horror of our civil war comes through. There was nothing glorious about the slaughter, and the author brings that to us at the level of one small group of men. It also speaks of the bond men form in combat and shows the strength of that bond, as close as brothers, or even closer. Love this book, but hate the title.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by language use March 19, 2013
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I really wanted to like Sley the Reed. It is a good war story. It captures the ugliness of the Civil War well. But the author kept infusing it with 20th century terms that were not used during the 19th century. That might not bother some people but as a military historian, it just threw the whole story off kilter. The author went to great lengths to create an authentic feel yet let modern language slip into the narrative. Otherwise a good story.
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