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The Bucktail Brothers: Brave Men's Blood

by William P. Robertson

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Henry and Willie Cole were lucky to have survived the bloody Battle of Gettysburg. Little did the brothers know that the worst was yet to come! Sent to defend the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the regiment's depleted ranks were filled with draftees of questionable bravery. This left a small core of battle-tested veterans to lead the 149th in the gruesome Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House Campaigns. Equally brutal were the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg. Add a tour of duty guarding the infamous Elmira Prison Camp, and the Bucktails visited every circle of Civil War hell.… (more)

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Here is a historically accurate cloudy Memorial Day, not a Hollywood sunny Fourth of July study of war. Brothers Henry and Willie Cole, and their cousin Asher are the focus of this tale of the last Civil War battles of the Fighting 149th Bucktails. We are drawn sore feet and weary hart full into their world of boredom, love, all too human superiors, and occasional failures punctuated by the cannon blast of blood lust and fear of battle. These are men and boys stuck in a war that needs to happen but is hell to fight. A worthy follow up the The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th and the original Bucktail series. ( )
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