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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James McIvor Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781400171736
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A heartwarming Civil War tale bound to become an American holiday classic

In the winter of 1862, during the seemingly endless nightmare of the Civil War, a small miracle occurred. Just after Christmas, on the eve of the bloody battle of Stones River in Tennessee, the Union and Confederate armies set up camp within shouting distance of one another. To raise their spirits, they began a volley of patriotic tunes—“Yankee Doodle” drowned out by “Dixie.” Then during a pause, a Union band struck up the wistful strains of “Home Sweet Home.” A Confederate band chimed in, and soon every regimental band and every soldier, rebel and yankee alike, had swelled the chorus. This bittersweet moment is the centerpiece of James Mcivor’s portrait in miniature of a country weary of war.

Filled with soldiers’ letters—marked by humor, yearning, and courage—as well as Christmas poems and songs from the period, this is a tale of unabashed holiday spirit for our own divided nation.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 3/31/2012

    " I could not possibly write a better review than James Schmidt. See his review. I felt that the title episode was way too short, only 3 pages or so in the 160 page book. The book has lots of quotes. I love the primary source detail, but I wanted more detail regarding the title incident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 7/17/2009

    " Such a wonderful rewarding, memorializing story of such a historic time! I cried but yet felt uplifted. Great to read during the Christmas season! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/26/2008

    " For a Christmas story, I found this rather depressing. As a history of Christmas during the Civil War, I found it enlightening. Nations and men rush into war with fervor, and as the war drags on, the fervor turns to horror and sadness, especially at Christmas time. "

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About the Author

James McIvor is a freelance writer living in Virginia.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.