The Parting

The Parting

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It is July 18, 1861 in Winchester, Virginia. The Civil War has begun, and Lieutenant John Pelham, formerly of the West Point Class of 1861, is about to play a pivotal role in the First Battle of Bull Run. The confident Lieutenant Pelham bears little resemblance to the seventy-year-old who journeyed alone five years earlier from Jacksonville, Alabama, to West Point, New York, to attend the United States Military Academy. As he immerses himself in West Point, both Pelhama€™s life and his beloved country see substantial change. While Pelham and his classmates witness the unraveling of the Union and the birth of the Confederacy, Pelham meets Clara Bolton, a Philadelphian belle who captures his hearta€“all while Pelham and his compatriots are preparing for the reality of combat. Told against the backdrop of slavery and statesa€™ rights, the Democratic and Republican Parties, the fire-eaters of the South and the abolitionists of the North, The Parting portrays how profoundly historical events divided West Pointa€™s graduating class of 1861 on the eve of the Civil War, changing all of their lives forever.A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War Richard Barlow Adams ... Their marching, alignment, and manual of arms were critiqued beyond reason by Reynolds and Hardee, the latter still lodging at the West Point Hotel awaiting passageanbsp;...

Title:The Parting
Author: Richard Barlow Adams
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2013-03-12

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