Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness (2nd edition-color) 

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Blake’s Story is an intriguing story about humanity in a time of war. Young Civil War soldiers realize that their enemies are real people just like them. If it weren’t for the war, they could be friends. So it is that Blake Bradford, a young Confederate soldier who is in the war to find and kill the Union soldier who killed his father at Shiloh, falls into the hands of the enemy when he is wounded at Perryville. But the young Federal soldiers who recover him from the battlefield and take him into their company and protect him and get treatment for him, become close friends. In battle at Richmond and Perryville in Kentucky and Stones River in Tennessee, young Blake comes face to face with the horrors of war and the gutwrenching destruction and aftermath of battle with its loss of life and of friends, wounded and killed. He no longer wants to kill Yanks. He just wants to go home. A close Union friend gets orders to take the boy home, orders that are signed by his captain and his commanding general. On the way, as they pass through a Confederate camp, the Confederate general hears about the two and their journey and goes to meet them. He reads the orders. “I am grateful fer sumthin good in this horrid affair an wish you both God speed on a safe journey. I’m pleased ta hav met ya.” He co-signs their orders adding, “To any who meet these boys in the execution of this order, you are instructed to assist them in any way.” For those who believe in humanity and goodness in the human spirit, in spite of the horrors of war, Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness is a must read. Of special interest, the plot line was created and written by the 11-year-old great-grandson of the author. Also of interest, those who experience the story with Blake Bradford will be experiencing history as it happened. The regiments in the story and their histories are real. The events of the story are researched for historic accuracy.

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