Long Walk Home ...a Civil War infantry soldier's love story by James Funk

By James Funk

occasions spiral uncontrolled for a tender kin simply making ends meet on their small farm in rural Michigan. Civil warfare erupts. Reluctantly, Will Hodkins unearths peer strain and satisfaction in state impossible to resist forces, inflicting him to volunteer as foot soldier within the Union military. Answering an internal name to responsibility, he leaves spouse Maria and baby sons in the back of. easy brown leather-covered magazine, a parting reward from Maria, turns into Will’s lifeline to her. On its pages, Will finds innermost conflicts and feelings as occasions spread, and delicate trade of letters among enthusiasts record their travails.

Through brutal iciness in military camp, Will and 7 associates bond to develop into ‘surrogate relations’ aiding one another continue to exist ...even as tragedy and loss strike. in the meantime, again domestic Maria depends on an older couple who're acquaintances, all suffering to maintain farm and youngsters jointly. issues turn into extra complex whilst Maria informs Will she is pregnant.

Trudging on lengthy marches via Kentucky geographical region, Will’s infantry regiment is ambushed through raiders of regaled accomplice John Morgan, and may is wounded seriously, present process crude 1860’s surgical procedure to outlive. Maria surprises Will bedside in a Lexington health facility, after onerous rail trip risking lifestyles and being pregnant ...a stopover at between medical institution sufferers screens her deep personality power, intelligence, tenacity and determination. Will restates his dedication to make it again domestic it doesn't matter what happens.

After restoration, Will rejoins his regiment. Marching towards Chattanooga, along Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain, Union and accomplice armies conflict in terrible conflict at Chickamauga Creek, Cherokee’s identify for ‘river of blood’. Will’s regiment is thrust into determined ultimate conflict atop a chain of hills referred to as ‘horseshoe’ …ordered to avoid wasting the bottom of fleeing remnants of routed Union military, amid lengthening shadows of Missionary Ridge, with ammunition working out. worry, bravery and heroics, honor and fortitude collide with weak spot and treachery. Will and rest of 3 regiments are surrounded and captured by way of Confederates. With battle’s final gunshot, Will reacts instinctively and heroically to avoid wasting his commanding officer, yet is wounded as soon as again.

As accomplice prisoner, Will recovers and copes with lengthy oppressive confinement in Richmond, sooner than being transferred to Charleston SC. He unites abruptly with a jocular previous acquaintance from Michigan and fellow prisoner named Clancy Durnin ...friendship grows as they practice tedious legal health facility tasks inside Roper health facility. inside Roper’s confines, Will is confounded by way of a shadowy unexplained lurking presence overseeing his circulate. With Union troops threatening Charleston, prisoners are swiftly evacuated through criminal educate heading north. In a surprising twist of irony and try out of relatives loyalty, Will and Clancy are provided chance for get away. They flee the criminal educate embarking walking throughout treacherous enemy nation-state as fugitives, starting a 52-day 400-mile trek resulting in mountainous crossing of the Blue Ridge into North Carolina, and confidently safe haven past between Union troops in Tennessee. in spite of everything, it's a promise made to Maria …to come again home.

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