As the Civil War sweeps across the country, it finds the most wayfaring member of the Brannon family of Culpeper County, Virginia, working as a wharf rat at the Mississippi River port of New Madrid, Missouri. Caught up in a bar fight he tried to avoid, Cory Brannon is rescued by Capt. Zeke Farrell of the riverboat Missouri Zephyr. Later, when a ...
As the Civil War sweeps across the country, it finds the most wayfaring member of the Brannon family of Culpeper County, Virginia, working as a wharf rat at the Mississippi River port of New Madrid, Missouri. Caught up in a bar fight he tried to avoid, Cory Brannon is rescued by Capt. Zeke Farrell of the riverboat Missouri Zephyr. Later, when a small party of men attempts to burn the boat, Cory sounds a timely warning and finds himself the newest member of the crew. The Zephyr makes the journey from New Madrid to New Orleans in late 1861. During this time, Cory matures and finds that he has an interest in the ways of the rivermen and in the captain's daughter, Lucille. Later, in early 1862, the Zephyr reaches Cairo, Illinois, and is greeted by Union gunboats. The war is now on the water, and there is little room for river commerce. When Farrell, his ship, and his cargo head down the Tennessee River to avoid Union harrassment, they are drawn into the battle lines around two strongpoints on the river: Confederate Forts Henry and Donelson. A Union force under Ulysses S. Grant is advancing toward the forts to claim the area for the North, and Cory and his crewmates join in the fight to see which side will control the river. Captain Farrell is killed when the Zephyr is destroyed by a Union gunboat. Taken prisoner, Cory loses contact with Lucille. When he learns that Grant is preparing to move farther south, he tries to alert Southern leaders of the danger growing in Western Tennessee. Again he takes up arms, this time at the battle of Shiloh, where the armies in the West collide to determine the fate of the war in the western theater.
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New in As New jacket. 6 1/2 x 9 1/2. A new book with a DJ that shows some shelfwear. This first book in the series spanning the Civil War describes its effects on one Southern family. The Brannon brothers answer the call to arms, and the family finds itself struggling with dilemmas if never had considered.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-29 Fans of the Westward and Stagecoach series of western adventures will be pleased that Reasoner has produced yet another storyline ripe for sequels. The first in a projected eight-volume Civil War Battles series, this novel begins as tensions between the North and South are reaching fever pitch in Virginia. Will Brannon, the eldest son of the large, proud Brannon clan, is the sheriff of Culpeper County, a hotbed of secessionist activity. The Fogarty brothers are thieving riffraff whom Will has been trying to arrest for murder and robbery, but the outlaws are always just one step ahead of the lawman. When Will finally corners and kills one of the Fogartys for resisting arrest, a deadly battle erupts, threatening to consume both families. A campaign of arson, ambush and vicious threats forces Will to leave home in order to protect the rest of his family. Fleeing to the uncertain sanctuary of the new Confederate Army, he is caught up in its patriotic fervor. He marches with his regiment to the railroad center of Manassas and the war's first battle, unaware that the Yankees won't be his only enemy on the battlefield. Still thirsting for revenge, the Fogartys pursue him into the carnage of battle, where they assume that his death would not create suspicion. Reasoner spins a lively, suspenseful yarn, albeit in pedestrian prose. With five sons and a daughter in the Brannon family, this Civil War saga could stretch all the way to Appomattox. (Apr.)
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