Suite Harmonic

 

Suite Harmonic:  A Civil War Novel of Rediscovery

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NEW – December, 2012: In honor of the 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War’s most dramatic and lop-sided battles was between the remnant of the 25th Indiana and Van Dorn’s 10,000 Confederate men, read The Battle of Davis Mills.

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IN THE FIELD

Officers and Men of the 25th Indiana Colonel James Veatch, regimental commander
Lieutenant Colonel William Morgan
Major John Foster
Major John Walker, surgeon Read more…

Chapter One
John Given was chilled and damp. He was lying on the ground and thinking earnestly of times when he’d dried his gansey and trousers at a peat fire in Ireland, in Drumboarty, and then drunk his tea. He wanted to crawl into his blanket, but Lieutenant Randolph was ordering them up. He was ordering them to fall in, and John heard the long roll. Read more…

Chapter Six
John had sat down to rest his wounded knee and to study the letter he’d found when he heard the light tap of a parasol and a familiar voice. “Mr. Given, have you hidden yourself so well to avoid me?” Read more…

Chapter Seven
When they’d all eaten, Susan Arnoldy clapped her hands long enough to get everyone’s attention to start charades. They played until the grand finale, which was Mr. Cannon’s much perfected parody of Samuel Bolton’s demonstration of a thinned turkey crop, helium-filled and set loose to sail to the ceiling. As familiar as both the demonstration and imitation were to everybody in New Harmony, Mr. Cannon’s turkey performance was still so uncanny that gales of laughter swept the room, Read more…

Chapter Nine
They were moving on the Corinth Road. They’d marched past General Hurlbut’s headquarters and stopped just forward of the flag tent where General McClernand was headquartered. Soon they were ordered into position behind another regiment at the edge of the review field. For a moment, John thought that it was all just a different kind of Sunday drill, that it was actually practice for a surprise attack and not the real thing. Read more…

Chapter Nine–Night at Shiloh
Midnight and rain pouring down, cold and relentless. John lay shivering on his gun in a battle line that had been formed of pieced-together regiments. His clothes were soaked through. Read more…

Chapter Thirteen
At the ball, Kate thought Ann Bradley had danced with every single man who was wearing a uniform and even some of the men who weren’t. She was everywhere on the dance floor. She was practically twins, triplets even, and Kate knew she was dressed beautifully in the dress from Mrs. Owen that had certainly come from Europe and that, between the dress and her high color from dancing, she had every man’s eye. Read more…

Chapter Twenty-Three
The nights grew cooler. The fall was slipping away. With remarkable suddenness, election day arrived. The speeches were finally done, though banners were still everywhere and the flags were out. With his friends, John went to vote, walking up the street in the just brisk, new November air. Read more…

Chapter Twenty-Four
A ripple of low sound went through the line. John couldn’t tell how far the Rebels had come from Fort Stedman. They’d certainly gotten past the first line of rifle pits in the rear of the breastworks. And they’d seen the 208th now. They were opening fire.

“Blackbirds, is it?” Joe Feagan was staring wild-eyed at the sudden scatter of shot in the sky, and John did for Joe what Henry Schafer had done for him at Fort Donelson. He hooked him with his leg and pulled him down. Read more…

Chapter Twenty-five, April 14, 1865
The conversation was about whether they were going to Petersburg and what would happen to Parke’s corps if Lee’s surrender prompted a general peace. It was also about the terms of that surrender, which had been greeted hotly by both officers and men, Read more…

Chapter Thirty-One
Union Hall was brightly lit.  Seeing it as she walked up Tavern Street and wondering if the girls of the town had begun decorating for Valentine’s Day, Kate thought her evening errand had actually started three years ago.  It had been the fifteenth anniversary of the battle of Fort Donelson, and they’d all convinced John to attend the ball. Read more…

Audio Excerpts read by Emily:
Suite Harmonic: Chapter One
Suite Harmonic: Chapter Seven

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