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

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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
Hardcover, First Edition, 373 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by The Berkley Publishing Group
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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
Scott L.
Aug 13, 2015 Scott L. rated it liked it
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
Laura LeAnn
Aug 07, 2016 Laura LeAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: civil-war
This is the story of six men that attended West Point together and then served during the Civil War, three for the Union and three for the Confederacy. While it is very well-written and well-researched, it just seemed to be a retelling of many of the most significant battles and campaigns of the war, highlighting the part that one or more of these men played. Based on the title, I was expecting a different book, one that told the story through the eyes of these individuals from their own journal ...more
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.
Shavon Jones
Sep 05, 2016 Shavon Jones rated it liked it
This is a book about the battles of the civil war, especially as it relates to 6 former West Point cadets who find themselves on opposite sides of the divide. It is not an well-written book. I sometimes got lost when the author chose to refer to characters by their first names instead of the last names that were familiar to me. But the book made me want to read about the politics leading up to the war now that I'm sufficiently knowledgeable about the fighting itself.
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 16, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 15, 2012 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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