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This review is from: For Love and Liberty: The Untold Civil War Story of Major Sullivan Ballou and His Famous Love Letter (Hardcover)Historian Young's debut tells the story of Sullivan Ballou, whose moving letter to his wife on the eve of the First Battle of Bull Run was an emotional highlight of Ken Burns's PBS documentary about the war. At age 34, Ballou seemed destined for a distinguished political career. A talented lawyer in sympathy with the anti slavery Republican Party, he had already served one term as a state legislator and made an unsuccessful run for statewide office as attorney general. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Ballou volunteered for a three year term of duty defending the Union. With 20 years experience in the state militia, he received a commission as major, third in command of the Second Rhode Island Volunteers. Young follows the course of the regiment's recruitment, training and movement to Washington in the late spring and early summer of 1861, drawing heavily on documents of the time. As the crisis grew, it was soon clear to everyone that the federal army would soon invade Virginia, and the Confederates would resist. On July 21, the armies met along Bull Run, a broad creek near Manassas. Early in the action, Ballou was rallying his troops from horseback when a cannonball struck him. Evacuated to a makeshift hospital in a nearby church, he underwent amputation of a leg as the battle raged. When the beaten Union army withdrew, Ballou, (along with other Union wounded) was taken prisoner. He died a few days later. The vast amount of material about Ballou's times, his career, his death and the fate of his widow slowly accumulates to create a broad canvas of mid-19th century America as well as a searching portrait of a tragic victim of war.
An emotionally focused tale enriched by a remarkable level of detail. [citation of starred Kirkus Review 12/15/2005]
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2009 5:24:57 PM PDT
YOU are the author of this book, writing a review? Shame on you. If you feel this is OK why not mention in the review that you are the author? Geez.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2011 12:21:33 PM PDT
J. Hutchinson says:
If this is the author, then a disclaimer would be appropriate. (Even a comment saying they aren't the author would be appropriate, if that is the case.) However, they are not writing their own review, they are posting the review of the book from Kirkus Reviews and the information contained is pertinent.
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