Has anyone read this book? I just purchased it recently, and am halfway through it. I have to say that it is already near the top of my list of favorite Civil War novels, right up there with "The Black Flower" and "Play for a Kingdom," among others.
It is the story of two boys from Martha's Vineyard who join the 20th Massachusetts just before the Gettysburg campaign. You can pretty much guess where they end up.
What most impressed me about the book is the description of life in the ranks and on the march. The author, John Hough, has clearly done his research, and a little research of my own revealed he had gotten a lot of assistance from Gettysburg NPS rangers Scott Hartwig and John Heiser (also of the 53rd Pennsylvania). I don't know if I am right or not, but I feel as if he must have spent some time in the reenacting ranks, himself, as -- just like Howard Bahr, who was a reenactor -- he writes about things that you just wouldn't know (such as the taste of gunpowder, as a minor example) without having been there.
Company K, First Pennsylvania Reserves