By 1863 control of the Mississippi and Red Rivers has become vital to the Confederate cause. Cotton must reach their European allies so the Confederacy can buy desperately needed war materiel. On the Red River, Union forces work furiously to free navy ships from shallow waters so they can be used to harass Confederate vessels, while downriver a vigilant Confederate force readies to engage them.
Between the two armies, at the confluence of the two rivers, sits a rich prize, a vast plantation run by young, beautiful Mrs. Hawkland. At any moment Union or Confederate forces could seize her land and set fire to her home to prevent the enemy from doing so first. Confederate officer Jamie Russell comes to her plantation by chance, only to find that that she is no stranger; his dreams of their brief but passionate encounter fill his nights as war fills his days.
As the river conflict rushes inexorably to a violent climax, their two fates are drawn into the maelstrom of the war that irrevocably will change them both. . .
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"Nagle takes us into the character's hearts as well as into the horror of America's worst self-inflicted disaster. We eagerly await her next work!" --W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, authors of People of the Owl, on Galveston“Lively, compelling historical fiction.” --Kirkus Reviews“The tragic Red River Buffalo War of 1874 was 10 years in the future when Texan and Louisianan troops dueled Union forces along the Red with foot-sloggers, cavalry, artillery and gunboats. P.G. Nagle’s chronicling of this bitter debacle is strengthened by her sharp detail and believable characters, both of which elevate this book into the ranks of such Civil War novels as Mary Johnston’s Cease Firing and MacKinlay Kantor’s Long Remember.”--True West“Nagle tells an engrossing tale of combat, personal growth and romantic intrigue.”--New Mexican
A life-long resident of New Mexico, P.G. Nagle has a special love of the outdoors, particularly New Mexico's wilds, where many of her stories are born. Her Far Western Civil War series of novels includes Glorieta Pass, The Guns of Valverde and Galveston.Nagle's work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and in several anthologies. Her short story “Coyote Ugly” was honored as a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award.
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