We Look Like Men of War

We Look Like Men of War

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From the bestselling author of The Lost Regiment series comes a factually based narrative of the black military experience in the Civil War.

We Look Like Men of War

"I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man...."

Thus begins the poignant story of Samuel Washburn, born a slave in 1850. A young master's cruelty leads to an unforeseen confrontation, which forces Sam and his cousin to flee the plantation. They run north to freedom, only to return south to fight for the greater cause.

Though still a boy, Sam becomes a regimental drummer with a "colored regiment" and sees action in the Wilderness campaign at Fredericksburg and Petersburg, as well as at the bloody Battle of the Crater in July of 1864.

Sam's voice offers a unique and insightful perspective on the carnage of the War Between the States and the toll it took on both young and old, black and white.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 131.6 x 206.8 x 13.2mm | 213.19g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765301156
  • 9780765301154
  • 2,274,353

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William Forstchen is a master storyteller and an accomplished military historian. His skills combine in this fast-paced story of a slave's son who enlists as a drummer boy in the 28th US Colored Troops. The Battle of the Crater is the book's climax. Forstchen's account of that epic fight has no glamour-only the acrid taste of gunpowder, the copper smell of blood, and the enduring message that freedom never comes easily. His hard-edged realism makes this a major contribution to the young adult category of Civil War literature.--Dennis Showalter, Past President, Society for Military History
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About Dr William R Forstchen

William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men's Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.
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47 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 26% (12)
4 40% (19)
3 23% (11)
2 9% (4)
1 2% (1)
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