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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I love books about the American Civil War, whether they are fact or fiction. Other wars have been bigger, but none have been more important to American history. I am an African-American so this war was particularly important to myself and my family. I am also from Alabama, so I am a little fascinated by the Confederate side too. I’m not sure why I feel this way, but I do. I think Robert E. Lee is one of the greatest generals in American history. That’s saying a lot because he had generals like Stonewall Jackson and JEB Stuart under his command. Six Days in September is A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland by Alexander B. Rossino. It hit my Civil War sweet spot. It tells the story of the time Lee went looking for a victory outside of the Confederacy. This resulted in the battles of Antietam and South Mountain. These are some of the bloodiest days in American history.
Let me tell you the number one reason that I like Six Days in September so much. It is a novel, a very well written novel. But it feels like history when you read it. It feels like a very well researched and detailed history. When you combine these two facts, what you come up with is a great reading experience. The writing is brilliant. The characters are right out of the history books and, in the end, these characters wrote this plot. Alexander B. Rossino just took the time to tell their story. He did a great job.