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Journal of a Cavalry Bugler

Journal of a Cavalry Bugler

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Georgiann By Georgiann Updated Feb 07, 2014

Just days before President Lincoln’s assassination, Charlie Dickey rejoices with family and friends over Union victories, but Lincoln’s death shatters their hopes. General Joe Johnston still commands rebels in the field, as do three other Confederate generals—battle-hardened men, unwilling to concede defeat.

Journal of a Cavalry Bugler is historical fiction based on the real-life, Civil War experiences of Charles Henry Dickey. His father, T. Lyle Dickey, practiced law in the same courtrooms as Abraham Lincoln. While growing up, Charlie knew Mr. Lincoln as a family friend. When Fort Sumter falls, Charlie musters into the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, serves as General Sherman's bugler, member of General Grant’s escort and fights alongside African American troops. He also falls in love with a beautiful southern belle, but the chaos of war makes happiness seem impossible. When President Lincoln is assassinated, the nation loses its best chance for reconciliation, and war threatens to become permanent.

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