SAVANNAH, the ninth book in James Reasoner's The Civil War Battle Series, concerns itself mainly with the two youngest of the surviving Brannon brothers, Cory and Henry.
Cory, now with General Hardee's troops, takes part in the long, fruitless struggle to save Atlanta from the advancing Federal troops under General William Tecumseh Sherman. With Atlanta falling, Cory finds himself forced to march to Savannah, Georgia, even further from his beloved wife Lucille.
Meanwhile, Cory's best friend, and former comrade-in-arms, Pie Jones and his wife Rachel, find themselves near the Brazos River in Texas, where they have fled to avoid Rachel's former owner, Grat. Beset by Confederate deserters, they are rescued by a troop of stalwart Texas Rangers. Riding with the Rangers for protection to the troop captain's ranch, Pie soon finds himself, along with the Rangers, in the midst of a fierce battle with raiding Comanches.
Cory's wife Lucille befriends an English blockade-runner, then, along with her aunt, Mildred, finds herself forced to flee to west Texas, hoping against hope Cory will find her once he's free from service in the Confederate Army.
And, back home in Virginia, at the Brannon farm, Cordelia finds a new beau. When Henry defends his sister from an attacking Yankee , killing the assailant, he, unaware the man has deserted the Union army, and believing he will be executed for killing a Federal soldier, flees, to join up with the Confederate Army, the last Brannon son to head to war.
As were the previous eight volumes, SAVANNAH is a gripping tale of one family's struggles during the Civil War. Mr. Reasoner's research continues to amaze me (he incorporates many real-life minor characters, such as Elizabeth Caldwell, a wife who marches with her husband Patrick, a former Confederate soldier now a galvanized Yankee, across Dakota Territory), and the stories are all richly detailed, and geographically accurate.
I highly recommend the entire Civil War Battle Series. The tenth, and final, volume, APPOMATTOX, will be released sometime this fall. Don't miss it.