Bright Starry Banner

Bright Starry Banner

Alden R. Carter

Young Adult / Sports

"This monumentally ambitious novel covers in exquisite and graphic detail one of the bloodiest two-day engagements of the Civil War" (Publishers Weekly). December 30, 1862: Outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the forty-three thousand men of Maj. General William Starke Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland faced the thirty-eight thousand Confederate soldiers of Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee. It had been a dismal month for the Union. In the east, the Army of the Potomac suffered a terrible defeat at Fredericksburg, Virginia; in the west, Grant failed yet again to breach the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Emancipation Proclamation was to go into effect on New Year's Day, but after the disasters in December, Lincoln's decree seemed less the assertion of a great moral imperative than a desperate attempt to shore up a crumbling cause. Rosecrans was to engage Bragg and win. That evening, the bands of both armies...
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