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The Tree of Appomattox

Joseph A. Altsheler

Book Overview: 

More than half a century has passed since the Civil War's close. Not many of the actors in it are left. It was one of the most tremendous upheavals in the life of any nation, and it was the greatest of all struggles, until the World War began, but scarcely any trace of partisan rancor or bitterness is left. So, it has become easier to write of it with a sense of fairness and detachment, and the lapse of time has made the perspective clear and sharp.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Will you wait a moment?"

"Certainly," replied St. Clair, giving his most elegant salute with his small sword.

Dick went back to the Union colonels, and they accepted at once. That long line of dead and wounded, and the mournful song of the wind through the trees, affected the colonels on both sides. More flags of truce were hoisted, and the officers in blue or gray rode forward to meet one another, and to talk together as men who bore no hate in their hearts for gallant enemies.

The troopers rapidly dug shallow graves with their bayonets in the soft soil, and the dead were laid away. The feeling of friendship and also of curiosity among these stern fighters grew. They were anxious to see and talk a little with men who had fought one another so hard more than three years. Nearly all of them had lost blood at one time or another, and the venom of hate had gone out with it.

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Community Reviews

This is one of the best books in Altsheler's 8 book series for young readers. It ties up many of the story lines that have permeated throughout the series. It brings the two main characters, Dick mason and Harry Kenton, who fought on opposite sides together in the final months of the war. This serie

There was another book in this series that isn't on Good Reads, The Rock of Chickamauga. Pretty good series, gives an excellent insight into the indecency of this war. I learned a lot more about the Civil War than I ever did from any textbook. Worth the read for history buffs.

A great conclusion

To an extraordinary series. The insight into the feelings of common soldiers in the Civil War I received within these pages will stay with me a long time. I wonder if the opposing sides were not more of a unified people throughout this war than they are today.