John Ryder was born on a farm near Detroit, and in the second year of the Civil War joined the 24th Michigan Volunteer Regiment along with many of his boyhood friends. Based on the many letters Ryder sent home during his service, this fictional story recounts the experiences of an ordinary soldier whose regiment achieved lasting fame in our nation's desperate struggle against itself.
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on Feb. 14, 2013 :
This is a compelling, well-researched account of the Michigan 24th and their combat experiences in the Civil War. It focuses on a group of friends and family from Wayne County. It is a welcome addition to CIvil War fiction energized by its story of common people rising to meet the challenges of extraordinary circumstances. I am generally not a fan of Civil War fiction, but I enjoyed this book greatly.