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To Make Men Free

A Novel of the Civil War

George Washington Series

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

St. Martin's Griffin

With To Make Men Free (originally published as The Battle of the Crater), New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.   June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight.  James O’Reilly—famed artist, correspondent, and former companion of Lincoln—is summoned discreetly to a meeting with the President.  His old friend gives him a difficult assignment: travel to the trenches outside of Richmond to be Lincoln’s eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front.

 

Meanwhile, General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, has an ingenious plan to break through the closest point on the Confederate line by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. The risks are high, and Burnside needs a brave division of the United States Colored Troops for one desperate rush that just might bring victory.  As the battleground drama unfolds, this must-read work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, providing a sharp, rousing and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War.

 

Praise for the works of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

 

“Masterful storytelling.” --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” --The Atlanta Journal Constitution

With To Make Men Free (originally published as The Battle of the Crater), New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.   June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight.  James O’Reilly—famed artist, correspondent, and former companion of Lincoln—is summoned discreetly to a meeting with the President.  His old friend gives him a difficult assignment: travel to the trenches outside of Richmond to be Lincoln’s eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front.

 

Meanwhile, General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, has an ingenious plan to break through the closest point on the Confederate line by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. The risks are high, and Burnside needs a brave division of the United States Colored Troops for one desperate rush that just might bring victory.  As the battleground drama unfolds, this must-read work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, providing a sharp, rousing and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War.

 

Praise for the works of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

 

“Masterful storytelling.” --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” --The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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CHAPTER ONE
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
JUNE 6, 1864
THE ESTATE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE DAWN

“Here they come, parson.”

Sergeant Major Garland White, 28th United States Colored Troops, turned from his labors and looked to where Jeremiah Smith, a private from Company A, was pointing north to the road leading down from the “Iron Bridge” across the Potomac.

It had been raining most of the night, a slow steady drenching downpour out of the east. It had done little to drop the temperature and now added to the misery of the men of the 28th who had been out toiling

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Praise for To Make Men Free

Praise for the works of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen:


“Masterful storytelling.” --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs


“Creative, clever, and fascinating.” --James Carville


“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” --The Atlanta Journal Constitution


“Gingrich and Forschten write with authority and with sensitivity.” --St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds.”  --Library Journal on To Try Men’s Souls

“With each book… Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers.” --William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer

“The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.” --Publishers Weekly

“The writing is vivid and clear.” --Washington Times

Praise for the works of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen:


“Masterful storytelling.” --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs


“Creative, clever, and fascinating.” --James Carville


“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” --The Atlanta Journal Constitution


“Gingrich and Forschten write with authority and with sensitivity.” --St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds.”  --Library Journal on To Try Men’s Souls

“With each book… Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers.” --William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer

“The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.” --Publishers Weekly

“The writing is vivid and clear.” --Washington Times

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BATTLE OF THE CRATER by Newt Gingrich, William R. ForstchenKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BATTLE OF THE CRATER . Putative presidential hopeful, political lightning rod and prolific author Gingrich (<em>Gettysburg<em>, 2003, etc.) novelizes a little-known Civil War battle.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

  • NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House and Presidential candidate, is the bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor and the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University and is an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, A City Upon A Hill.

     

    WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in North Carolina. Forstchen’s doctoral dissertation on the 28th USCT was one of the first in depth studies of a USCT regiment.

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    To Make Men Free

    A Novel of the Civil War

    George Washington Series

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

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