Faded Coat of Blue

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Harper Collins, Aug 1, 2000 - Fiction - 368 pages
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A recent immigrant to this land -- where American has taken up arms against American -- Abel Jones finds himself mysteriously chosen as confidential agent to General George McClellan, the "savior of the Union." No stranger to the cruel paradoxes of war, Jones is asked to investigate the death of Anthony Fowler, a young volunteer captain shot through the heart outside an encampment of raw recruits. Fowler was one of the North's "golden youth," envied and idolized, an impassioned abolitionist and sole sone of a powerful merchant dynasty. Instantly, his murder is blamed on the Confederates -- but whispers haunt the death of this fallen martyr, leading Abel Jones from the blood of the battlefield through the intrigues of Washington, D.C., and into a web of secrets and sinister relationships where evil and good intertwine...and where heroes fall prey to those who cherished them the most.

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User Review  - HarryMacDonald - LibraryThing

Curiously, this book makes no mention of the once-popular song of the same name, even though it was that song which initially attracted me to this novel amidst the epidemic of other historical novels ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Started slowly but gained traction and finished with a flourish. Insightful look at the politics and politicians in the military and the governmental infrastructure that made fighting and winning the ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Owen Parry is the author of a series of critically acclaimed, prizewinning novels set during the American Civil War: Faded Coat of Blue, Shadows of Glory, Call Each River Jordan, and Honor's Kingdom. He has also published a collection of holiday tales for adults, Our Simple Gifts. Born in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania, Parry lives and writes in northern Virginia.

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