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Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War

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The gripping story of six West Point graduates-including George Armstrong Custer-who fought each other in the Civil War.

With Civil War storm clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets: George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Wesley M
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Berkley Hardcover
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Scott L.
This book follows six cadets from West Point, all friends, as they go their separate ways to fight during the American War Between the States. The author's writing style is very informal, and this book was a fairly quick read - not necessarily one that I couldn't put down, however. The narrative follows the Eastern Theater of the war, where the six (three Union, three Confederate) fought against each other. Carhart is obviously sympathetic to his subjects - their strong points are greatly emphas ...more
Tom Darrow
Several major drawbacks, which prevent it from earning a higher score... 1) the author's writing style is very elementary, part of which is a consequence of the subject material. He bounces between major charcters very frequently within chapters, which puts events out of chronological order. Some events (like the death of Stonewall Jackson) are covered several times. It's almost as if he had forgotten he wrote about them earlier. Some chapters seem very rushed, perhaps out of a lack of source ma ...more
Fredrick Danysh
The author traces the American Civil War through the lives of six men who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point within a two year period. He looks at the values installed at the Point and how they influenced these men, three on each side of the war. Informative and easy to read. Sacred Ties presents a view of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater.
Shellys♥ Journal
In Sacred Ties, Tom Carhart lays the service of six friends and West Point classmates- Custer, Pelham, Merritt, Ramseur, Rosser and DuPont - over the action of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater. 3 of them would serve the Union and the others,the Confederacy. The beginning of the books told the story of West Point camaraderie, sharing bits and pieces of what it may have been like with the six of them.
Carhart’s book covers the Civil War exploits of six West Point graduates…six men who went right from the classroom onto the battlefield – an engaging twist on the Band of Brothers theme. When the book stays on topic, it is an excellent read. We wished there was more of that interplay among the men, but the storyline spends a bit too much time recounting familiar battle scenes.
David Thomas
Excellent story about how a brotherhood was more important and stronger than battlelines.
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Military historian. West Point Military Academy, Class of 1966. Served in South Vietnam as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. Has also been a lawyer and a historian for the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C. Earned a Ph.D. in American and military history from Princeton University.
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