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Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Colleen Mertens
Sep 21, 2013 Colleen Mertens rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 12, 2012 Iaconea rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
wonderful historical detail
Feb 23, 2013 Georgann rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
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
Earl Bayer
Apr 26, 2015 Earl Bayer rated it really liked it
I read this book while visiting Gettysburg. The author lives in Pittsburgh and the story centers on the lives of Lawrenceville residents during the Civil War. I really enjoyed reading about the city during the war as well as the soldier's lives during the war. This is a well constructed story of love and loss.
May 07, 2016 Louise rated it liked it
A twist, a bit predictable. It made me think a lot about the terrible fears these men faced in battle & specially when wounded both mentally & physically.
Apr 28, 2014 Liselle rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2014 Connie Holko rated it it was amazing
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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