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Winning His Way   By: (1823-1896)

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Winning His Way by Charles Carleton Coffin is a captivating historical novel that delves into the tumultuous events of the American Civil War. Set against the backdrop of the 1862 Battle of Antietam, Coffin skillfully weaves together a gripping narrative that both educates and entertains readers.

The story follows the journey of young protagonist Ned Preston, a seventeen-year-old who joins the Union Army as a drummer boy. Through Ned's eyes, the readers are immersed in the brutal realities of war and the sacrifices made by those who fought for their beliefs. From the drudgery of camp life to the horrors of the battlefield, each chapter vividly captures the chaos and confusion that prevailed during this dark period in American history.

Coffin's meticulous attention to historical detail is evident throughout the book. Through extensive research, he recreates the era's clothing, weapons, and battle formations, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of the Civil War. Furthermore, the author seamlessly integrates real-world figures and events into the narrative, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the story.

The characters in Winning His Way are richly developed and relatable. Ned's determination, courage, and sense of duty make him a compelling protagonist, while the supporting cast offers a diverse range of perspectives on the war. From seasoned soldiers to civilians caught in the crossfire, each character's experiences contribute to a nuanced exploration of the human cost of war.

One aspect that particularly stands out in Coffin's storytelling is his ability to capture the emotional turmoil of both soldiers and civilians. Whether it is the fear and uncertainty felt by those waiting for news of loved ones or the camaraderie and sense of purpose found on the battlefield, the author masterfully conveys the wide spectrum of emotions experienced during times of conflict.

While Winning His Way may not be a novel that breaks new ground in terms of the Civil War genre, it is a well-crafted and engaging read for history enthusiasts. Charles Carleton Coffin's meticulous research, vivid descriptions, and memorable characters bring this pivotal period in American history to life, making it a worthwhile addition to any historical fiction collection.

In essence, Winning His Way is a gripping tale of courage, sacrifice, and resilience. Coffin's skillful storytelling transports readers to the heart of the Civil War, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the period. With its historical accuracy and compelling narrative, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the American Civil War and the stories of those who fought on its battlefields.

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WINNING HIS WAY.

by

CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN,

Author "Story of Liberty," "Boys of '76," "My Days and Nights on the Battlefield," "Our New Way Round the World," "Following the Flag," Etc.

Boston, Mass.: Perry Mason & Co. 1888.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by Charles Carleton Coffin, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. FIRST YEARS 1

II. HARD TIMES 27

III. MERRY TIMES 42

IV. MUSIC AND PAINTING 63

V. THE NIGHT HAWKS 82

VI. PAUL'S FRIENDS 91

VII. IN A TRAP 103

VIII. KEEPING SCHOOL 116

IX. RALLYING ROUND THE FLAG 126

X. A SOLDIER 144

XI. SCOUTING 156

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