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An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier Paperback – February 17, 2011
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For his first novel, Bacon has crafted the memoir of a Union Army veteran. Idealistic Michael Palmer enlists to fight slavery in 1862, but the brutality and senseless slaughter he witnesses produce disillusionment, rage, and guilt. After the war he manifests what today is called post-traumatic stress disorder. Evocative narrative writing is filled with accurate details of such battles as Antietam and Gettysburg and of the daily lives of ordinary soldiers. Dialogue and characterization is weaker. But the writing gathers force, and the novel ends with an emotionally gripping encounter that brings the book's evangelical Christian beliefs to the forefront. The depiction of 19th-century Christianity, however, is less authentic to the era than the military details; in an age when denominations mattered, the hero and clergy appear to belong to none. Rituals and reports of "a good death" that were crucial to soldiers and families during the Civil War are absent. But overall, the novel offers an engaging introduction to Civil War history as the 150th anniversary of the conflict unfolds over the next four years. (Apr.)
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Hatred of the enemy consumes Michael during a long and dusty march to Gettysburg. Michael's only desire is to kill as many of the enemy as he can so he can go home. He coldly counts off the rebels that fall to his bullets until he is brought up short by a dying man holding up his Bible. He was a brother in Christ, Michael realizes after the man dies, and 'I had hated him 'with cruel hatred.' When Michael returns home from the war, his wife Jessie Anne sees a man still lost in the horrors of battle, and plagued by doubt and fear. Where is the man she once knew? And where is the faith he once lived by? In the spring of 1869, Michael leaves home once more, this time to return the Bible to the man's widow. This simple journey changes Michael in ways he could have never imagined.
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The novel's story line may have originated in Mr. Bacon's mind rather than as a fact of history, but this fictional account rings true in its brutally accurate recounting of factual events. Without actually having interviewed Mr. Bacon about his experience in researching and writing this work, I know he must have struggled with reading actual correspondence and eye witness accounts of the Civil War's awful carnage.
As I am a child of the entertainment age, one would think my exposure to realistic, dramatic depictions of the Civil War would have desensitized me to one more telling, but I was entirely unprepared for AN EYE FOR GLORY. I recommend most strongly that everyone read this story of one soldier's journey from unchallenged belief in a Sunday school gospel to a deep, abiding faith tested by fire and flying lead, lost friends and disillusionment. I feel that AN EYE FOR GLORY changed my life, and it might do the same for you.
This book is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Every page , paragraph, and sentence grabbed my interest- either because of the humor, the horror or the heroism. The battlefield or the camp were described in such detail, and with such realism, that I often wondered whether the author had served in the forces or just read a library of war diaries. As the narrative progressed so the the characters developed, and with that development the simple human beings changed to battle scarred killers. Yet through out all the blood letting a clear Christian message remains constant, challenging the skeptical reader to engage self with judgment day transparency. Paralleling this self assessment is a continuous silver thread of grace, climaxing in a most marvelous conclusion. I personally appreciated the fact that the Connecticut soldier, around whom the narrative is built, was 'rescued' by Virginia leaf and a Carolina lady.
Mr. Bacon, thanks for a great book.
Where does good stop and evil begin? What enters into the heart of a God fearing man when he is put into a situation that goes against everything he has ever believed? When does self survival turn into hate for fellow men? When does compassion leave? How far can you turn from God? Can you ever turn back? Will He accept you again? Will you ever stop suffering?
Read, as Michael goes full circle in this great story of the suffering of physical pain and a tortured soul finds peace in the arms of a God filled with grace and mercy.
Prepare for an emotional experience when you read this book...a portal into the past that so changed our nation. This should be a book that anyone interested in the Civil War or just great story telling puts on their "must read" list.
A must have in your home library; it would be a great gift for (Civil) war buffs. Highly recommend.