Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North
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Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North

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On September 17, 1862, an explosion at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, kills seventy-eight girls rolling bullet cartridges for the Union army. News of the catastrophe is buried, however, beneath the horrendous casualty reports from the Battle of Antietam, fought on the very same day. Inspired by these two real-life tragedies, Consecrated Dust tells the s...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Dog Ear Publishing
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Colleen Mertens
This is a well-written historical fiction. I loved that it took place in my hometown and I learned about some things I never knew happened where I lived. The characters were very real in their emotions and admirable in the way they picked up the pieces after tragedy strikes. Very good book.
A less predictable plotline than I expected, written in a style completely appropriate to the period, I enjoyed this story of historical fiction. The author made me want to search out old photos of the towns that are now only known as Pittsburgh neighborhoods as well as explore the area for any remaining memorial. She also brought the Antietam battle to life, adding to my appreciation of the brutality I understood having visited the battlefield. Enjoy this other view of a war we think we know so...more
As we are in the midst of remembering the 150th anniversary of the events of the American Civil War, the timing of this publication is perfect.

Consecrated Dust is a fine example of local historical fiction. The descriptions of Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville of the 1860's are beautifully presented and historically accurate. The battle scenes are interesting with just enough detail. We see the horrors of war, and each time our hero, Garrett, faces another Rebel rifle, we are quickly turning the page...more
Don Neil jr.
Found this in a thrift store. Being a Pittsburgh resident, Allegheny Arsenal caught my eye and throughout the entire book my imagination has never painted a clearer picture with all the landmarks and street names used. Very good read for fans of historical fiction and in my opinion would make fans of historical fiction. Finished it in all my free time within a few days.
Being a Pittsburgh resident, this was one book that received a lot of local reviews and mentions. That lead me to read it. I really hope this book receives more than local readership, though, because I think it deserves it. As historical fiction, Calland pays strict homage to the factual details of the service of the 9th Pennsylvania Rifles. As fiction, she has created characters who fulfill the promise of good story. The backdrop of the Allegheny Arsenal that provided so much of the munitions f...more
If you live in Pittsburgh and enjoy historical fiction you should read this. It's written by a Pittsburgh author partially about the explosion at the arsenal in Lawrenceville during the Civil War.
Connie Holko
I really enjoyed this book. It was really cool to read about my hometown and things that happened during the Civil War. Thanks Colleen for the recommendation
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Mary Frailey Calland was born in Elmira, New York, and has always had a love of writing and history. She has a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. After five years of practicing law, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom and, five children later, sat down to write her first historical novel, Barefoot In The Stubble Fields.

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