September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield by Alan Schmidt and Terry Barkley
“Blount is a master of the telling anecdote. He finds actual comments from diaries, post war memoirs, contemporary newspapers, even private letters to make his take appear alive, as if being told by those who were there. To that end, he tells the story in present tense, the better to engage the reader in the currency of his account.
And such a story he tells. From private accounts we discover the shock of Union cavalrymen at the utter poverty of north Alabama. They wonder that the rude settlements could exist. Battle, however, is quickly offered. Not only are the conflict movements well expressed, we find the characters of the soldiers described, making such movements understandable. Why would Forrest send some men on leave when the enemy was near? How could Wilson lose an entire Union brigade for days? What happened at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa? Why were southern cities burned? Blount gives us the background to great events, remembered even today.”” Decatur Daily “