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Journal of a Cavalry Bugler, Based on the real-life struggles of a Civil War Soldier
Journal of a Cavalry Bugler is the personal story of a young man caught up in the catastrophe of the American Civil War.
This story is based on the real-life, Civil War experiences of Charles Henry Dickey. His father, T. Lyle Dickey, practiced law in the same courtrooms as Abraham Lincoln, and Charlie grew up knowing Mr. Lincoln as a family friend. When Fort Sumter falls, Charlie musters into the 4th Illinois Cavalry, serves as a bugler, member of General Grant’s escort and fights alongside African American troops. When Charlie falls in love with a beautiful southern belle, the brutal northern occupation of the South threatens to destroy Charlie’s happiness. Then President Lincoln is assassinated, and the nation loses its best chance for reconciliation. It seems war will become a thing of permanence.
Author Georgiann Baldino’s historical fiction fleshes out a young boy’s first impressions of Abraham Lincoln as well as Lincoln’s rise to the pinnacle of power. Charlie Dickey’s Civil War service bridges the gap between officers and enlisted men. He serves as Sherman’s bugler and part of Grant’s escort, witnesses these generals firsthand, but also performs guard duty and skirmishes behind fencerows. His position in the middle, between headquarters and enlisted men, allows Baldino to depict famous commanders as well as privates.
Editor Rosie Klepper calls, Journal of a Cavalry Bugler: “An intimate portrait of a soldier and the Civil War. Go into war, hear the bugle and see the devastating results of bloody warfare.” The novel is available as an ebook preorder at Apple and Barnes & Noble. Worldwide release is scheduled for April 11, 2014.
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Pearl Editions, LLC (2014)
Multiple format ebook: 9780985912390