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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William B. Styple Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455189984
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In the decades that followed the American Civil War, artist James E. Kelly (1855–1933) conducted in-depth interviews with more than forty Union generals in an effort to accurately portray them in their greatest moment of glory. “I had always felt a great lack of certain personal details,” Kelly explained. “I made up my mind to ask from the living officers every question that I would have asked Washington or his generals had they posed for me, such as what they considered the principal incidents in their career and particulars about costumes and surroundings.” When, during one interview, a general declared, “I don't see how you can show this in a picture,” Kelly responded, “Just tell me the facts, and I’ll attend to the picture.” By recording those stirring facts, Kelly left us a truly unique picture of the great figures of the American Civil War.

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  • “Narrator Patrick Cullen uses the generals’ conversations with the artist to sculpt personalities for each, making the famous men lifelike, distinctive, and memorable…While some narrators might overdo such a performance, Cullen summons prudent restraint to avoid comedy in his pursuit of realism.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Urey Patrick | 3/1/2010

    " by William B. Styple. Fascinating contemporary interviews of Civil War generals. "

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About the Author

William B. Styple, a graduate of Catawba College, has edited, coauthored, and authored several works on the Civil War. His book, The Little Bugler, won the Young Readers’ Award from the Civil War Round Table of New York. He operates a business in his native Kearny, New Jersey, where he is also town historian.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.