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I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

(Civil War #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The bonds linking family and the lines separating enemies have become very blurry for 17-year-old Robert. With his father away fighting for the Union, Robert must decide to act alone in order to help his ailing mother, extricate his injured Confederate Uncle, and bring relief to his cousin, Emily. When he unwittingly gets entangled in a Confederate escape plot, Robert must ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Moody Publishers
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adult historical fiction readers
I was a bit disappointed that this book, the sequel to “William Henry Is a Fine Name”, was not as good a read as the first one. I didn’t like the plot of this one as much; it wasn’t as interesting to me. However, it did have good details about what the civilians went through during the last two years of the Civil War, in the North and in the South. My favorite part was about the families burying valuables before the soldiers confiscated them. My fifth-grade teacher told my class stories about he ...more
Kendra Frieden
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, historical
I loved this sequel to William Henry is a Fine Name and read it in less than two days. The author captures the heartache and injustice of slavery and the grim reality of war-torn America during the Civil War. She does not gloss over the tragedy or messiness of this conflict but portrays hope and redemption in the midst of the struggle.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“I Have Seen Him In The Watchfires” is the sequel to “William Henry Is A Fine Name” and is just as brilliantly written. This time, instead of traveling north, Robert is traveling south in order to rescue his mother. He is also 5 years older and still an unlisted union soldier.

Robert receives a letter from his cousin Emily begging him to visit her father who was captured during the battle of Gettysburg and is now incarcerated at the Fort Delaware prison on Pea Patch Island. While there he unwitt
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'll review this, along with her first book, William Henry is a Fine Name, on my website blog soon. Visit annshorey dot com for my book review blog.
Deeply moving conclusion to the two book series. I am sad to have this story end. It really stirred my emotions.

Extremely well written and the characters came to life. The spiritual message was woven into the storyline seamlessly and was so uplifting.

I'll admit that I put off reading these books since they are categorized as YA. The only reason I decided to read them is because I have read everything else by this author and wanted more. I'm so thankful, as I devoured them. I Have Seen Him in the
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the Civil War series. Plan to read it directly after William Henry is a Fine Name because you will want to finish the story and you won't sleep until you know the end. It continues from the Underground Railroad into the Civil War. It focuses on the challenges of living and surviving during the Civil War. I found it leading the reader to ponder the questions Robert faces throughout his ordeals. For this second book in the series, I will again say it captivates you, transport ...more
I'm still finding books from my own bookshelves to read. This book was from the civil war era. Families against families, brother fought against brother. What a horrible war.

Robert receives a letter from his cousin Emily asking him to help her Confederate father, a prisoner of war and help his estranged mother who fled to the south. Along the way, he is wrongly accused of being a spy and is able to escape other dangers to find his mother.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first.
Teresa Merriman
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down!
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting story line. I am always saddened by stories of the "Old South" and the Civil War. The lives of the people were so hard during that time - unimaginable.
Debbie C
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this series of two immensely!
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ok, so first of all I would like to point out that when I registered to win this book I was unaware that it is by a religious writer (whether that be my fault for not clearly reading the synopsis or the person who listed this giveaway not making sure the fact is visibly noted, I'm not sure). Either way, had I been aware of that fact, I would not have registred for this book.

That being said, I did win this book, and because I follow the rules, I read it. Though "I Have Seen Him in the Watchfire"
Jill Williamson
Slavery comes in many forms.

I couldn’t wait to read the sequel to William Henry is a Fine Name, and Cathy Gohlke didn’t disappoint. I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires hooked me from page one.

Not yet eighteen (which is old enough to enlist) Robert Glover bides his time at home in Maryland. Pa has gone off to the Civil War and his mother has been living the past five years at her childhood home in North Carolina. A letter from Robert’s cousin, Emily, begs he visit her father, a Confederate colonel
This sequel to William Henry is a fine Name is equally well written. Robert is five years older and makes a new friend who is a Confederate soldier. The author seems to make a point of keeping him a non-combatant, sympathizing with the abolition of slavery, but never actually enlisting in the Union army. I think I would have been more comfortable with this if she had made him a Quaker who struggles with pacifism in the face of injustice on both sides. As it is, she seems to be trying so hard to ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a second book in a sequel, but it can be read out of order if you have not read the first.

Robert is a young man who has wanted to join the fight for his country during the Civil War but has kept his promise to his father to stay and help with the farm while his father has gone off to fight. He receives a letter from his cousin begging him to visit her father who is in prison having been captured in the battle at Gettysburg.

When visiting his Uncle he is tricked into helping with a priso
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed Ms. Gohlke's writing style, and although the subject being slavery is enough to infuriate anyone with a heart, the story was well written and made a point. William Henry and his grandmother are two characters who will not be forgotten quickly. They are slaves on Robert's grandfather farm . Robert is a 13 years old in 1859 and is best friend's with William Henry. Miz Laura, is a woman after my own heart. She will fight for what she believes to be true, and she does this throug ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2010
This was a book that I pulled off the shelf at the library, buzzed the back, and tossed it in the pile to read. Did not realize until I was about 2/3 of the way through the book that it was Christian fiction (right about the time Robert has his big revelation) I'm not normally a reader of Christian fiction as in general I've found most of it to be heavy on prayer and thin on plot but Gohlke weaves an amazing tale that transcends the genre. While we don't actually get to meet Emily until the latt ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was a wonderful read because it was told from a 17 year old boys' perspective. So often the books I read are written from a women or girl's point of view. I haven't read much previously on the civil war so I found this story enlightening. The young man has such a heavy load to carry and does such an incredible job at it! Living with fear and sorrow, illness and heavy responsibility for others weighs Robert down. He carries on and dreams of a better tomorrow. He deals with the loss of ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
I as usual started a series out of sequence. But I really liked this book and I'll be adding the first one. William Henry is a Fine Name to my TBR list. In this book Robert Glover faces more choice. Robert is near his eighteenth birthday and is ready to join the army. But he has some decisions to make. Emily, Robert's cousin, has asked him to check on her father, he's in a Union Prisoner Camp. Robert gets caught in a prison escape plan, abducted, left for dead, and faces charges as a spy. Does R ...more
I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as William Henry is a Fine Name, book one in the series. Set during the civil war, there is lots of action, and the plot features both those at home and those fighting. Cathy Gohlke really makes you think about the difficult choices that came up in families who had family members on both sides of the conflict. Some of the things that happen are hard to read about, but realistic. If you like fiction set during the 1860's this one will hold your attention ...more
Marna Tillinghast
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to William Henry is a Fine Name is of the same high quality as Ms. Gohlke's previous novel. The story of Robert and his family's sojourn through unbelievably troubled times is told with honesty and sensitivity. I actually would love an ongoing saga about this family. This author appealed to the place in this reader that wants more than to be simply entertained; wants to be challenged to think beyond historical fact to the impact of history upon not only those who live it, but the gen ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read in some time. So well written. I love how this book shows how brother could fight brother in the Civil War. Demonstrates the complexities of relationships in families split by the issues of the war. There is honor, respect, heartbreak and sorrow wound all through the story. I had not previously read the book that was written before this, Henry is a Fine Name. Yet, I don't feel like I missed a beat in this story. Now i'm off to read it.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting through this book. It is a sequel so maybe I would have enjoyed it more had I read the first book. I found the main character, Robert, tepid. The story itself was drawn out and often preach-y. If someone was heavily interested in the Civil War they might be drawn in, but I certainly wasn't.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to William Henry is a Fine Name looked at the Civil War years from the soldier's view and even Prisoner Camps. The story was so different from what I expected ... But I really liked it! If you want new insights into Civil War, don't miss this 2 book series! Well done, Cathy Gohlke!
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book from the start, although towards the end it just resolved every little issue, which was unrealistic. Still a very good book.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a thought-provoking book that took an alternate look at the Civil War from the viewpoint of a young man confused with his purpose and the world in general.
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting book about a boy and towards the end of the war. Would be a great HS reading list book.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was about the brutality of the civil war, and about a boy who is trying to find his family but runs into some trouble on the way.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
I really liked this book and the perspectives of the characters. Nice little twist towards the end there!
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I like this book. It held my attention. I wasn't aware that it was written from a biblical perspective until I was well into it. It didn't really overwhelm me from that perspective.
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Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the best selling and critically acclaimed novels Night Bird Calling, The Medallion, Until We Find Home, Secrets She Kept (Christy Award; INSPY Award); Saving Amelie (INSPY AWARD); Band of Sisters; Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012); I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Christy Award, American Chr ...more

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