A Cruel Thing: A Tale Of American Spirits

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Xlibris Corporation, May 31, 2011 - Fiction - 232 pages
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A Cruel Thing: A Tale Of American Spirits is a 2011 war novel by American author C.S. Miller. Beginning during one of the earliest battles of the American Civil War in the eastern panhandle of Virginia, the complex and objective story follows the lives of multiple characters on both sides of the war as they serve, fight, and are changed in drastic ways by the consequences of this momentous conflict. The military characters personalities and perspectives are twisted by the constant horrors of combat: some rise to the occasion and are forged into a resilient temper of character, while countless others are shattered both emotionally and physically with tragic consequences. The story also closely examines the dire effects of the war on the Southern civilian population who were forced to survive the privations, carnage, and savage brutality with the majority of battles fought in their own back yards and farms fields. Several of the civilian characters are former slaves who struggle internally with their crisis of identity and the frightening yet all compelling desire for freedom. The novel is dedicated to this incredible generation of Americans who bravely fought, struggled, and all too often died for their country and cause.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Prologue
11
Chapter 1
17
Chapter 2
26
Chapter 3
32
Chapter 4
39
Chapter 5
45
Chapter 6
51
Chapter 16
145
Chapter 17
150
Chapter 18
156
Chapter 19
161
Chapter 20
168
Chapter 21
174
Chapter 22
179
Chapter 23
185

Chapter 7
60
Chapter 8
69
Chapter 9
77
Chapter 10
88
Chapter 11
98
Chapter 12
108
Chapter 13
119
Chapter 14
128
Chapter 15
138
Chapter 24
192
Chapter 25
198
Chapter 26
206
Chapter 27
213
Chapter 28
219
Epilogue
227
Glossary
231
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