We Look Like Men of War

William R. Forstchen

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From the bestselling author of The Lost Regiment series comes a factually based narrative of the black military experience in the Civil War.

We Look Like Men of War

"I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man...."

Thus begins the poignant story of Samuel Washburn, born a slave in 1850. A young master's cruelty leads to an unforeseen confrontation, which forces Sam and his cousin to flee the plantation. They run north to freedom, only to return south to fight for the greater cause.

Though still a boy, Sam becomes a regimental drummer with a "colored regiment" and sees action in the Wilderness campaign at Fredericksburg and Petersburg, as well as at the bloody Battle of the Crater in July of 1864.

Sam's voice offers a unique and insightful perspective on the carnage of the War Between the States and the toll it took on both young and old, black and white.

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Chapter 1
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 1895
 
 
I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man. The words sound wonderful when they roll off your tongue—a free man. You almost want to bite into the words and chew on them for a while, to taste their sweetness, and their bitterness. You get the urge to say them real slow, almost afraid that they might just up and disappear on you.
The word freedom certainly has an awe-inspiring power to it. I don’t think white folks really understand just how powerful it truly is.

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William R. Forstchen

William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.

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Tom Doherty Associates
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February 2003
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ISBN: 9780765301154
ISBN10: 0765301156
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
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February 2003
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