The Long Roll

The Long Roll The two rode on To left and right were lighted streets of tents visited here and there by substantial cabins Soldiers were everywhere dimly seen within the tents where the door flap was fastened bac

  • Title: The Long Roll
  • Author: Mary Johnston George Garrett
  • ISBN: 9780801855245
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The two rode on To left and right were lighted streets of tents, visited here and there by substantial cabins Soldiers were everywhere, dimly seen within the tents where the door flap was fastened back, about the camp fires in open places, clustering like bees in the small squares, everywhere apparent in the foreground and divined in the distance From somewhere came th The two rode on To left and right were lighted streets of tents, visited here and there by substantial cabins Soldiers were everywhere, dimly seen within the tents where the door flap was fastened back, about the camp fires in open places, clustering like bees in the small squares, everywhere apparent in the foreground and divined in the distance From somewhere came the strains of Yankee Doodle A gust of wind blew out the folds of the stars and stripes, fastened above some regimental headquarters The city of tents and of frame structures hasty and crude, of fires in open places, of Butlers shops and canteens and booths of strolling players, of chapels and hospitals, of fluttering flags and wandering music, of restless blue soldiers, oscillating like motes in some searchlight of the giants, persisted for a long distance At last it died away there came a quiet field or two, then the old Maryland town of Frederick from The Long Roll Before Gone with the Wind exploded into print, Mary Johnston s The Long Roll was one of the definitive novels about the Civil War Unlike Mitchell s novel of Southern aristocracy, however, Johnston sets her tale among the fighting armies The Long Roll begins with secession and ends with the funeral of Stonewall Jackson Our protagonists are Richard Cleave of Virginia, and General Jackson himself, who begins the novel as a major Cleaves action in the Confederate artillery alternates with Jackson s cavalry maneuvers to show a wide range of battle experience and combat effectiveness Johnston peels away some of the historical romance of the cavalry and shows how vital artillery was in the battles No less significant, she pays close attention to the importance of planning and patience, and the role of roads, rail, horse, and boat, mixing all of these elements with descriptions of raw courage and reckless abandon As the narrative follows Cleave and Jackson, we are led through the most decisive engagements in the years of Confederate supremacy Manassas, The Seven Days, Fredericksburg, Malvern Hill, and Sharpsburg The Long Roll brings alive the differing motives for secession and war, and eerily evokes the suspicion and battered consciences of both North and South.

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    1. A truth reported. The history of a soldier of God,and Virginia.This is a story that few will ever read,because it takes time and an open mind to understand the struggle of this warrior, and his fellow soldiers of the south. There is a picture that becomes vivid in my mind as this story is told. Take a breath and see the past in your eyes.

    2. Loved this book, thanks to for the recommendation!Ostensibly a love story about Confederate Richard Cleave, it is really an account of the campaigns of Stonewall Jackson.Very interesting reading from someone not living long after the war.

    3. A must readIf you enjoy a bit of history, military, southern life description and account of one of true military genius Generals.

    4. History comes to life Mary Johnston tells a great story. Her old fashioned prose is sometimes hard to wade through, so I found my self just skimming certain passages, to get on with the story. This was particularly true where she was waxing poetic or painting a picture with words. Or overusing metaphors from Greek or Roman history and legend.But it’s well worth the effort.

    5. Wordgirl is back!Or is she?I've read Mary Johnston before so I know what to expect from her out-of-control pen, but there's something different about this novel of the Civil War. It's like Mary gets to the point, especially with the battle scenes. No one is giving a speech that lasts three pages and utilizes obsolete words. Did she finally get herself an editor? Did she have herself a ghost writer, a veteran who was an actual eyewitness? This just doesn't read like the Mary I know.

    6. Well written novel folowing a Virginia family through the first three years of the Civil War with a strong emphasis on the Valley Campaign under Stonewall Jackson. Ms. Johnston somewhat romanticizes the Confederacy

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