Cain at Gettysburg
Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They’ll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight.
In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy u
"snapping turtle", appointment as a commander of the army of the
potomac. He is a gearhead and is reluctant to accept the appointment
and get into politicking among the generals. His engineering task (he
is a civil engineer by trade) of organizing the army for the
battle. The narrative then switches to a company of poor southern
grunts who think themselves lucky to fight for the Cause and to escape
a clutch of kids and drudgery of fa...more
Peters hovers in the camps of immigrant Germans, Poles, Irish men, rather than native Anglo-Saxon stock.
Soldiers are brooding, profane, base, and despising or questioning of God rather than chaste, virtuous, and reverent.
Fights and charges are mean, cruel, and...more
I'll tell you why it didn't end....it was General Lee's pride. Yet, I am a 'fan' of Robert E. Lee, he was a great man and adored by the 'South'. But his inner pride,even as he viewed his destroyed army, could not wave the white flag. Following Gettysburg, he did ask Jefferson Davis to release him from his...more
Some of the characters through whose eyes we see the battle are familiar, such as James Longstreet. Others are different, such as George Gordon Meade. The tale is also told from the perspective of troops in the ranks....more
While superficially similar in scope to Michael Shaara's epic novel The Killer Angels, Peters' book focuses on the battle leaders on both sides, as well as several of the enlisted men from a Confederate regiment (...more
History as taught in the classroom is so boring. History should be told like this novel. I have to admit that I am not at all familiar with the details concerning events occurring during this epic battle. My limited knowledge of events probably made this even more enjoyable. It was full of excitement and suspense. The descriptions of man versus cannon were all vivid. You kn...more
No spoon-feeding information; Peters assumes you know the basics of Gettysburg. He makes Jeff Shaara's work read like middle school journals (and I like Shaara's stuff.) Same basic principle, better execution. Peters follows many of the more famous officers, both North and South, as well as some enlisted men on both sides, over the course of the days of late June and early July of 1863. The charac...more
This is as good a work of historical fiction as I've read and deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with Killer Angels. When an author can generate as much tension and suspense as he does...more
It showed and described in more detail the more gruesome and human details of war and army life for all soldiers from generals down to privates.
The writing style of the author ws more difficult for me to follow in the beginning but once I because familiar with it, I couldn't put it down. His story line is a mix of both the north and south. It is writ...more
Peters' telling of the story of Gettysburg simultaneously through the eyes of the general officers who made the decisions and the soldiers who fought the battle provides the perfect balance of historical narrative, details and human drama. Excellent book. Part of the reason is because Peters himself comes from the perspective of a professional soldier and officer. He paints the battle in as realistic light as possible. How these men endured the hardships and horrors of campaigning and war withou...more
This novel brings the Civil War to life, both North & South. Officers & ordinary soldiers who believed in their cause are drawn on the tapestry of an accidental battlefield, as the story reaches its historic, true climax. War may be folly, but fateful decisions are made with the only information at hand, by mere mortals. The author does justice to his subject.
I was very disappointed in this work.
Mr. Peters' works can also be found under the pen name "Owen Parry." He also appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio networks.