By Daniel E. Sutherland
the tale of Culpeper County, Virginia, is a different one in Civil struggle heritage. Nestled in a single of the South’s so much strategically very important destinations, it used to be occupied by way of the Northern military, recaptured via the Confederacy, and at last ceded to the North. instructed mostly via diaries, papers, and correspondence of citizens, universal squaddies, and such eminent personalities as Robert E. Lee, Walt Whitman, Ulysses S. furnish, Clara Barton, and Stonewall Jackson, all of whom hung out in Culpeper, this tale splendidly captures either the intimacy and grandeur of battle. Seasons of War
strikes from the primitive squalor of stuffed hospitals and the day-by-day indignities of a soldier’s existence to the editorials of a neighborhood newspaperman and the struggles of ladies and kids left to the mercy of an occupying and adversarial military. whereas recognized Culpeper viewers like Lee and Whitman compose dispatches and lyric poetry, inner most electorate mourn their lifeless and guard their houses. listed below are the very own aspirations, losses, and infrequently ugly banalities of an unforgettable American war.
Sutherland’s account of the struggle is not like the other. either an army and a social background, it information the lifetime of a unmarried accomplice neighborhood with out wasting sight of the substantial fight of a state divided. It permits readers to hitch the councils of Lee and provide whereas sharing the letters of younger separated by means of battle. We frolic with the fun-loving Jeb Stuart, event the stressed terror of fellows in conflict, believe the ache of civilians surrounded by way of contending armies, detect the tensions among pals with diversified loyalties, and experience the enjoyment of liberated slaves.
Written in a bold sort that thrusts readers into the vortex of conflict, Seasons of War tells the tale of a spot and a country. it's a story by means of turns heroic and suggest, hopeful and bleak, funny and grave. it's a tale of the yankee people—Northern and Southern, white and black, unfastened and unfree—at the defining hour in their history.