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Promise of Glory

Promise of Glory

A Novel of Antietam

In the first week of September, the days are long and hot. Roads muddied by summer rains dry. There is time yet for one last campaign, a battle that could bring about the end of the war, and ensure a southern nation.

This is the story of that campaign. This is the story of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War.

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Genres: Historical, Military Fiction
Publisher: Ignition Books
Publication Year: 2017
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Length: 332
About the Book

August 1862—Federal armies threaten Richmond, the Confederate capital. From the east, the Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George McClellan, has edged closer to the city until the citizens of Richmond are able to listen to their church bells and the report of cannon with equal clarity.

Late in the summer, President Jefferson Davis gives command of the Rebel army to the untried Robert Edward Lee. It is a momentous decision. In a series of battles fought virtually in sight of the city, Lee defeats the Army of the Potomac, then turns and drives the Union Army back to Washington, DC.

Now, in the first week of September, the days are long and hot. Roads muddied by summer rains dry. There is time yet for one last campaign, a battle that could bring about the end of the war, and ensure a southern nation.

This is the story of that campaign. This is the story of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War.

 

 

Published in audio by Blackstone Audiobooks.
Previously published in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market by Forge Books.

Endorsements
“After all that has been written about the bloody battles of the Civil War, chroniclers are hard put these days to add something that really grabs our attention or lets us see more clearly what happened. C. X. Moreau has succeeded on both counts. . . . His intuition rings true. Moreau spares readers neither the hideous consequences (including the often forgotten mangling of that war’s animals) of close combat nor a hard-eyed examination of the foibles of some of the commanders. As for the ‘glory’ in his title, he makes clear the folly of those in that era or since who find anything at all glorious about battlefields.”
– The Virginian-Pilot
“It is refreshing to read a historical novel that is both faithful to historical fact and yet imaginative enough to make the often dry bones of fact come alive. . . . C. X. Moreau succeeds in that endeavor by portraying the events of the Battle of Antietam, which produced America’s single most bloody day, through the eyes of the generals who planned and fought the battle . . . As only a veteran can do, Moreau paints a convincing portrayal of the ebb and flow of battle, providing his characters with credible thought processes as that terrible day proceeded. The terror, dismay, and savage emotion that one would expect to feel on a great battlefield show up in the fictionalized account of the actions of Lee, Longstreet, Stonewall Jackson, Burnside, Hooker, and McClellan. Those who enjoy good historical fiction will find this an entertaining book.”
– Chatanooga Times
“Moreau displays an astute grasp of military history. . . . The author invests the cast of authentic historical characters with a wide range of strengths and failings, infusing this gripping narrative with a dramatic human element, resulting in a passionate retelling of a legendary battle.”
“Moreau’s research is impeccable and smoothly incorporated, and his descriptions of battle scenes are vivid . . .”
– Publishers Weekly
About the Author
C. X. Moreau

C. X. Moreau is a former Marine NCO and veteran of the Lebanon deployments of 1982-1984.

 

A native of Virginia, he currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. His first novel, Distant Valor, a fictionalized account of the U.S. military's intervention in the war at Lebanon, was published by Forge in 1996, reprinted by ibooks, and subsequently reissued by Ignition Books.

 

His second novel, Promise of Glory: A Novel Antietam, was published by Forge in hardcover in November 2000 and in paperback in December 2002 and reissued by Ignition Books in 2017.

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