Where I'm Bound

Where I m Bound Where I m Bound a stunning and engaging Civil War novel is the first work of fiction to focus solely on the soldiers of an African American regiment Throughout the war than African American

  • Title: Where I'm Bound
  • Author: Allen B. Ballard
  • ISBN: 9780684870311
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Where I m Bound, a stunning and engaging Civil War novel, is the first work of fiction to focus solely on the soldiers of an African American regiment Throughout the war, than 180,000 African American men fought for the Union Army Many were escaped slaves, others were freed men yet all voluntarily enlisted for one cause freedom For the first time in fiction, th Where I m Bound, a stunning and engaging Civil War novel, is the first work of fiction to focus solely on the soldiers of an African American regiment Throughout the war, than 180,000 African American men fought for the Union Army Many were escaped slaves, others were freed men yet all voluntarily enlisted for one cause freedom For the first time in fiction, their experiences are successfully portrayed in a manner befitting the grandeur and scope of their contributions Inspired by the true story of a black cavalry unit in Mississippi, renowned African American historian Allen Ballard weaves factual events with the fictional account of an escaped slave, Joe Duckett, who flees to join the Northern Army When Duckett escapes his life of bondage to become a cavalry scout, he grows to be than a free man he becomes a hero Duckett and his hard riding regiment roam the Mississippi Delta, freeing slaves and keeping vital waterways open for the Union As the war approaches its final, tragic days, Duckett embarks on his most dangerous mission yet to return to the plantation from which he escaped in order to reunite with his wife and daughter.More than just an account of the Civil War, Where I m Bound is an affecting portrayal of the psychological effects of war Through the character Duckett, some of war s greatest tragedies are painfully evoked the agonizing separation from family, the horrendous mission of having to kill another man, and the cruelty and moral corruption that occur when men s passions are their greatest weapons against one another This story of one man s ability to meet such overwhelming challenges brings to life the noble fight forfreedom as displayed by African American soldiers as well as the effects of that fight on an entire country and culture.Dr Ballard s first work of fiction is a striking blend of historical fact and dramatic storytelling brilliantly illustrating the accomplishments of African American Civil War soldiers Where I m Bound is destined to become a classic novel of the Civil War.

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    1. This is the fast-moving story of the intertwined exploits of master and slaves in Mississippi during the Civil War, especially of one Joe Duckett, an enslaved person who escapes to the Union side and quickly rises into leadership of a black regiment. We also follow his wife and children in their own desperate struggles for freedom and safety, and his former master (a rebel commander) and family. It's a lively, suspenseful tale that strikes me as realistic and balanced in its portrayals. Although [...]

    2. My favorite subject is Historical Fiction and Mr. Ballard has done a great job in telling the story of an African-American regiment commanded by white officers during the Civil War. The main character is Joe Duckett, an escaped slave who joins the Union Army. Joe quickly moves up the enlisted ranks and then when his white captain is wounded, Joe becomes the first black officer in his regiment via field promotion. Compelling novel of the good and the bad; the north and the south; the black and th [...]

    3. Initially it was a hard start but simply the reality of slavery and what happened to African American families during the Civil War itself was worth the wait. I don't know much about the western campaigns and to learn about the 3rd US Colored Cavalry was an eye opener for me.

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