Brothers of War

The Iron Brigade at Gettysburg

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
430 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2022
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Author Biography

Michael Eisenhut has studied the American Civil War his entire life. While researching for Brothers of War, he spent several years focusing his study on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Nineteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry regiment, part of the famed Iron Brigade. Michael is a pilot for a major airline and lives in Monrovia, Indiana, with his wife Kara and two children, Allison and Trevor. Brothers of War, The Iron Brigade at Gettysburg is his first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

It was two years in service for the Whitlow brothers in the Union army and the war was not over yet. This was since the secession of the Southern states of the US in 1861, which saw the outbreak of the Civil War between the Northern states (the Union) and the Southern states (the Confederates). James Whitlow and his younger brother Solomon had enlisted with the Nineteenth Indiana regiment which was fighting in Virginia. The Union army had been forced to move toward Maryland following speculations that General Lee of the Confederate army was on a mission to invade Pennsylvania. The Union army encountered General Lee’s men at Gettysburg. Both General Lee’s men and the Nineteenth Indiana regiment had a formidable reputation on the field. What will happen to the Whitlow brothers and the Nineteenth Indiana regiment? Will the Union or the Confederates win the war? Find out more in Michael Eisenhut’s Brothers of War.

Michael Eisenhut shows great imagination with his demandingly engaging plot. He has a unique style of writing. He gives very vivid depictions of his scenes and characters. The narrative made me feel like I was right there in every scene, watching every character’s move. This especially came in handy for the action scenes. I felt like I was a Union soldier in the Civil War and it thrilled me. There is so much adventure in the plot. Reading the book felt like watching a movie. I could feel the tension, frustration, loathing, satisfaction, and despair among other emotions of his characters. His quite subtle way of aligning his ideas gave the storyline a feeling of suspense. I loved the level of character development; simply amazing. The conversations were lively and witty. I looked forward to Private Hawk’s banter with Private Henry or any other member of the Whitlows' squad. Michael Eisenhut laces his long and twisted sentences with the military vocabulary of the nineteenth century, giving his story a perfect period setting. Enthusiasts of historical fiction books of the Civil War will love Brothers of War. I loved it.

Al C

This is a wonderful historical fiction novel based on real brothers and their squad in the famous Iron Brigade. Personally having the fortunate opportunity to assist Mike with this book, I can attest to the historical accuracy in “Brothers Of War The Iron Brigade At Gettysburg.”
Even if you’re not a Gettysburg or Civil War buff, you’ll love this story and these characters. I highly recommend this book.

Dwane Myers

One of the best books I have ever read. The characters come alive as you imagine what it would have been like being a soldier during the Civil War. Highly recommend for all ages.

Anne S.

Excellent Book! Author gives you a front-row seat in watching this horrific battle at Gettysburg. The book was well researched and tells the story of brothers and their friends who fought in the Iron Brigade. The characters are so well developed that it gives you the feeling you're actually there with them in their squad. A must-read book!