Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney


The Cotillion Brigade
by Glen Craney

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher : Brigid's Fire Press (March 15, 2021)
Genre: Historical fiction | Civil War
Print length : 590 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

Georgia burns.

Sherman’s Yankees are closing in.

Will the women of LaGrange run or fight?


Based on the true story of the celebrated Nancy Hart Rifles, The Cotillion Brigade is a sweeping epic of the Civil War’s ravages on family and love, the resilient bonds of sisterhood amid devastation, and the miracle of reconciliation between bitter enemies.


“Gone With The Wind meets A League Of Their Own.”


1856. Sixteen-year-old Nannie Colquitt Hill makes her debut in the antebellum society of the Chattahoochee River plantations. A thousand miles to the north, a Wisconsin farm boy, Hugh LaGrange, joins an Abolitionist crusade to ban slavery in Bleeding Kansas.


Five years later, secession and total war against the homefronts of Dixie hurl them toward a confrontation unrivaled in American history.


Nannie defies the traditions of Southern gentility by forming a women’s militia and drilling it four long years to prepare for battle. With their men dead, wounded, or retreating with the Confederate armies, only Captain Nannie and her Fighting Nancies stand between their beloved homes and the Yankee torches.


Hardened into a slashing Union cavalry colonel, Hugh duels Rebel generals Joseph Wheeler and Nathan Bedford Forrest across Tennessee and Alabama. As the war churns to a bloody climax, he is ordered to drive a burning stake deep into the heart of the Confederacy.


Yet one Georgia town—which by mocking coincidence bears Hugh’s last name—stands defiant in his path.


Read the remarkable story of the Southern women who formed America’s most famous female militia and the Union officer whose life they changed forever.

The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney


The Civil War split a nation, families and made heroes, no matter what side of the war they were on.

THE COTILLION BRIGADE by Glen Craney tells of two such heroes, one from the North, one from the South. Each made their own mark but possibly none so astounding as Nannie Colquitt Hill, once a young Southern debutant who would defy all that her people knew to create a militia of women who would stand against the might of the North. As Colonel Hugh LaGrange bore down on their land, these women would make their mark in history and on the soul of LaGrange.

Peppered with the flames of determination, this story has moments of humor, heartbreak and proof that there is an indomitable force within one’s very heart to cast off “what is expected” and do what one believes is right as Nannie transforms into a leader with strengths beyond the norm.

This is how history should be told, in a personal way, not with facts and figures alone, but through the eyes of those who lived and died. War isn’t about black and white facts, it is about humanity at both its worst and best. I cannot recommend this story for anyone who wants a taste of the true costs of war.

I received a complimentary copy from Glen Craney! This is my honest and voluntary review.

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