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''The battles were so finely crafted that you could almost smell the smoke and feel the heat of the blasts. The budding romance between Jake and the Bigler sisters brought welcome relief to the intensity of the battles and the emotions on both sides of the war. He easily made a case for the North and the South, leaving the choice of who was right up to the individual reader. Anyone interested in history, romance, or human nature will find this book a nonstop source of information and entertainment.''
--News & Experts

''Meredith, drawing on extensive historical research, paints a vivid recreation of the Gettysburg campaign as seen by men on both sides of the battle lines. The author's fictional creations are colorfully three-dimensional. Eliza, in particular, is a glorious confection of self-pity, insecurity, and sugarcoated chutzpah, a downscale Scarlett O'Hara . . .''
--Kirkus Discoveries

''One of the finest recent historical novels, this engaging and attention-grabbing account is deeply rooted in the actual Civil War events of south-central Pennsylvania during the Gettysburg Campaign, and it is sure to fascinate readers, while at the same time educating them on the Confederate invasion and the Keystone residents' response.''
--Scott L. Mingus, Sr., Civil War historian and author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Frank Meredith grew up in Hanover, Pennsylvania, witnessed the 100th Anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Hanover, and has been a Civil War buff ever since. His non-fiction writing has appeared in several newspapers and music journals, including the History Channel magazine. He holds degrees in music from The King's College and Ithaca College, and was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship in conducting at Northwestern University. Highlights of his career as a professional musician include playing in Glimmerglass Opera's Emmy-nominated premier of Central Park, being a finalist in an international euphonium solo competition, touring with the International Symphonic Wind Orchestra, conducting at Lincoln Center, and performing with jazz greats Marsalis, Severinsen, Bennett, Torme, and Ellington. He has taught music at the pre-school through graduate school levels, and served two terms on the executive board of the New York State School Music Association. Among his favorite experiences: witnessing the birth of his three sons, starring as the lead in a local production of Man of La Mancha with the rest of his family, photographing Carnevale in Venice, enjoying a Viking feast with his family in Jorvik, riding an ATV through the Yucatan jungle, earning an acting award from the Theater Association of New York State, earning bronze in a NASTAR sanctioned Giant Slalom, taking several trips to the Alps, and photographing the sunrise on the Matterhorn. Frank and his wife, Betsy, live in Upstate New York. They have three grown sons and a rapidly growing Yellow Lab puppy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing; 1st edition (March 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425110797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425110796
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,977,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott Mingus on December 6, 2009
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"The puffs of smoke cleared as the reports echoed from the hillsides. The Union rifleman clutched his bloodied wrist and retreated into the bushes. A moment later, the attacking Yankee cavalryman blindsided [General Wade] Hampton with his sabre. Jake cringed as the shiny blade arced toward the unsuspecting general. The sabre ripped through Hampton's hat and glanced off the back of his head. A mist of blood flew from his scalp. He reined his horse around, raised his revolver, and fired.

Jake braced in anticipation of the death of the Yankee assailant. But nothing happened. Was Hampton out of ammo or was it a misfire?"

Frank Meredith, a native of Hanover in southwestern York County, Pennsylvania, is a writer of historical fiction, as well as a Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician. An international traveler and accomplished photographer, Meredith uses his prolific imagination and experience as a storyteller to weave together a fascinating novel, The Unfinished Work, based upon the events of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign.

The lead character, Jake Becker, like Meredith is a Hanoverian. Early in the Civil War in 1861, he has escorted the other two main characters, sisters Kathleen and Eliza Bigler, from Virginia back to Hanover for safety. Little did they know their paths would cross the Confederates in southern Pennsylvania just two years later when elements of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia invaded York County. The book begins with the Saturday June 27 raid of Elijah White's Virginia cavalry on Hanover and the Rebel infantry's occupation of nearby York PA. The dialogue and action sets the stage for the main event, J.E.B. Stuart's entry into Pennsylvania on June 30 and the subsequent Battle of Hanover.
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As a student of Civil War history, I typically read non-fiction accounts of the battles. When I first heard that Frank had published this book, and that it was a fictional account of the battles of Hanover, and Gettysburg, I was very skeptical. Since Frank and I have chatted, on-line several times, I decided to give the book a try. I must say this book is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in the past year, or so. Frank has a firm grasp of the events surrounding Hanover, Hunterstown and the East Cavalry Field fight, at Gettysburg. But, what struck me MOST, was the development of his fictional characters. Buy this book, you will surely be as entralled as I was.

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My roots and life are in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where the story takes place. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It addresses the slavery issue in a way that William Faulkner and Thomas Wolfe would have admired. This book is not a dime novel: it's literature and history.
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I met the author of The Unfinished Work at a book signing at a cavalry re-enactment last summer and we exchanged books. Due to a busy schedule, I didn't get around to picking it up and reading it until now - but I was certainly pleasantly surprised when I finally did.
This is a really well-researched book that brings out little-known facts about the battles of Gettysburg, Hanover - and the least well known one - Hunterstown.
By making his fictional characters interact with the likes of JEB Stuart and George Custer, the author gives a history lesson in an effortless and entertaining way.
The author also does a great job in the appendix pointing out what is fact and what is fiction - a needed addition since he does such a good job of weaving the two together.
As a fellow Civil War fiction author and a resident of Gettysburg, I think this book will be enjoyed by those who are interested in learning more about the battles that occurred above the Mason-Dixon line, or those who just want an entertaining read.
Jessica James is the author of [ASIN:0979600006 Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia]].
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I'd just like to tell all of you that this book is WONDERFUL. So much research, so much love, so much passion was put into every word...Congrats Frank on the accomplishment. Someone pass this on to Oprah and MAYBE this book will get the credit and attention it deserves! I'll always be proud to have been one of the first to read it!
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