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Three Days in Hell eBook: A Novel of the American Civil War (The O'Sullivan Chronicles Book 3)

Three Days in Hell eBook: A Novel of the American Civil War (The O'Sullivan Chronicles Book 3)

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If You Love Civil War Stories, you’ll love this fact-based novel of the bloodiest two days at Chickamauga as told by Major Chester Rigby CSA, ADC to General Bushrod Johnson

For more than two months, Union General William Rosecrans and his Army of the Cumberland pursued General Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga. Finally, on September 18, 1863, on the banks of a small river in Northwest Georgia, the two great armies came face to face, and so began three days of hell, including the two bloodiest days of our nation's Civil War.
Three Days in Hell is a novel, a work of fiction, based on actual historical events. The characters, with one exception, were all real people. The words they speak throughout the story are the author's, the deeds they did, their success and failures, are their own. Drawing on many years of meticulous research, Blair Howard dramatizes one man's contribution to the stunning Confederate victory at Chickamauga. Brigadier General Bushrod R. Johnson was the key player for the army in gray.

This is the story of Confederate General Johnson's three days at Chickamauga, and his grand and glorious charge of more than a mile that smashed through the enemy lines and resulted in a resounding victory for the Confederate cause and an ignominious defeat for General Rosecrans. Even Johnson's enemies praised what he did that day. Some compared it to Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, but where Pickett failed, Johnson succeeded.

Three Days in Hell, action-packed from start to finish, is the story of Confederate General Bushrod Johnson's Chickamauga as told through the eyes and words of one of his staff officers, Major Chester Rigby. The author takes you onto the battlefield as no one has done before. He plunges you right into the center of the action, which doesn't let up until the very end. It's a story of heroism, desperate deeds, and death and destruction on a scale the likes of which had never been seen before.

Authors Note: This is a very special story for me. It came straight from the heart. For more than 30 years I've walked the great Battlefield at Chickamauga. I feel I know the participants personally. Sound silly? Maybe, but that's the way it is. I have long been fascinated by General Johnson. He made it through all four years of the Civil War and was with Lee during the final days at Appomattox. I've always felt that he never received the recognition he deserved for his three days and battle-winning charge at Chickamauga. His was a story I felt compelled to write. It was also my first attempt at 1st person narrative. I wanted to get as close to the man as possible and that, so I thought, was the best way to do it. I hope you agree, and I hope you enjoy the story of General Bushrod Johnson's Three Days in Hell.

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