• Title: Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War
  • Author: Tom Carhart
  • ISBN: 9780425234211
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sacred Ties From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals A True Story of the Civil War The gripping story of six West Point graduates including George Armstrong Custer who fought each other in the Civil War With Civil War storm clouds darkening the horizon they were strangers from diff
    The gripping story of six West Point graduates including George Armstrong Custer who fought each other in the Civil War With Civil War storm clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and WesleyThe gripping story of six West Point graduates including George Armstrong Custer who fought each other in the Civil War With Civil War storm clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Wesley Merritt Educated and trained there to be not only officers and gentlemen but also courageous battlefield leaders, their shared experience at West Point forged bonds between them stronger than brotherhood Right after their graduations, war erupted in 1861 They stayed blue or went gray, and even faced each other in battle Acclaimed military historian Tom Carhart brings to life the human side of valiant victories and crushing defeats, and, most vividly, of these young men of individual valor and personal honor.

    One Reply to “Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War”

    1. Several major drawbacks, which prevent it from earning a higher score 1) the author's writing style is very elementary, part of which is a consequence of the subject material. He bounces between major charcters very frequently within chapters, which puts events out of chronological order. Some events (like the death of Stonewall Jackson) are covered several times. It's almost as if he had forgotten he wrote about them earlier. Some chapters seem very rushed, perhaps out of a lack of source mater [...]

    2. This book follows six cadets from West Point, all friends, as they go their separate ways to fight during the American War Between the States. The author's writing style is very informal, and this book was a fairly quick read - not necessarily one that I couldn't put down, however. The narrative follows the Eastern Theater of the war, where the six (three Union, three Confederate) fought against each other. Carhart is obviously sympathetic to his subjects - their strong points are greatly emphas [...]

    3. This is the story of six men that attended West Point together and then served during the Civil War, three for the Union and three for the Confederacy. While it is very well-written and well-researched, it just seemed to be a retelling of many of the most significant battles and campaigns of the war, highlighting the part that one or more of these men played. Based on the title, I was expecting a different book, one that told the story through the eyes of these individuals from their own journal [...]

    4. In Sacred Ties, Tom Carhart lays the service of six friends and West Point classmates- Custer, Pelham, Merritt, Ramseur, Rosser and DuPont - over the action of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater. 3 of them would serve the Union and the others,the Confederacy. The beginning of the books told the story of West Point camaraderie, sharing bits and pieces of what it may have been like with the six of them.

    5. This is a book about the battles of the civil war, especially as it relates to 6 former West Point cadets who find themselves on opposite sides of the divide. It is not an well-written book. I sometimes got lost when the author chose to refer to characters by their first names instead of the last names that were familiar to me. But the book made me want to read about the politics leading up to the war now that I'm sufficiently knowledgeable about the fighting itself.

    6. The author traces the American Civil War through the lives of six men who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point within a two year period. He looks at the values installed at the Point and how they influenced these men, three on each side of the war. Informative and easy to read. Sacred Ties presents a view of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater.

    7. Carhart’s book covers the Civil War exploits of six West Point graduates…six men who went right from the classroom onto the battlefield – an engaging twist on the Band of Brothers theme. When the book stays on topic, it is an excellent read. We wished there was more of that interplay among the men, but the storyline spends a bit too much time recounting familiar battle scenes.

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