Sunday, October 1, 2017

Booknotes: Six Days in September

New Arrival:
Six Days in September: A novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862 by Alexander B. Rossino (Savas Beatie, 2017).

So this was made into a great movie starring Burt Lancaster. Oh wait, that was Seven Days in May. Six Days in September is a historical novel about the 1862 Maryland Campaign, written from the perspective of the officers and men of the Army of Northern Virginia. 

In it, "(r)eaders live the high-stakes drama through the gritty minutiae experienced by a host of historical characters—including an injured and exhausted General Lee, the pious hard-fighting Stonewall Jackson, a frustrated but reliable James Longstreet, the acerbic Harvey Hill, and the irrepressible Kyd Douglas. Rossino also displays a keen understanding of daily travails undergone by the common foot soldiers, and the unique hardships Sharpsburg’s civilians lived through when two major armies decided to wage war around their sleepy Maryland village."

An earlier version with a different subtitle was published in 2015, but this new edition from Savas Beatie is the author-preferred one.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Drew. Our version has a full Dramatis Personae, additional battle content and other text alterations/additions, three maps, and a non-fiction history of the campaign at the end. We really think it is an outstanding novel with remarkable attention to historical detail.

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