Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War

Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War by Blythe Forcey Toussaint

Title: Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War
Author: Blythe Forcey Toussaint
ISBN10: 1456586114
ISBN13: 978-1456586119
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2011)
Language: English
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Size PDF: 1645 kb
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Rating: 4.2/5
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Pages: 320 pages
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Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War by Blythe Forcey Toussaint


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On the morning of July 21, 1861, several hundred civilians set out to Centreville, picnics packed, to watch the battle of Bull Run. Year of Disunion is a novel that explores who these people were and what their experience might have been. The story opens in Vermont as two very different sisters, Lettie and Roxana, reunite after years apart while Roxana is enduring a near-fatal childbirth. Changes caused by the war take them to Washington and an invitation to watch the battle, along with their five young children. Things do not go well for the spectators. Visions of champagne toasts to celebrate a glorious, easy Yankee victory are shattered as dishonorable retreat drives the civilians from the field along with the soldiers. After the battle, Lettie is pursued by her abusive, wealthy husband, and Roxana travels south to find her husband, chaplain to the 2nd Vermont, who has been captured and made a prisoner of war. Events lead characters into wartime Washington, DC; Raleigh, NC; Cairo, IL; and the North Carolina Outer Banks, as they respond to the "disunion" the war brings to their lives throughout the remainder of 1861.