This book lay on my shelf for a long time before I read it. Now, having read it, I wonder why?
It is a really good read and has fired my desire for more knowledge of the American civil war. I remember, as a youngster, singing 'John Brown's body' but not really understanding it. Part of the answer was provided by the book!
The first half of the book is written in a humorous manner, particularly when Starbuck comes to take his new command. I agree with previous reviewers, that the descriptions of the battle strategies in the latter part, although necessary, are too involved,
I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with General McLelland and liking him less and less. Maybe that is the authors intention.
I also agree with other reviewers frustration regarding Cornwell's last line 'Starbuck will ride again'. Not so far, but who knows??
Well written, exciting, interesting book.