This is a dark, realistic picture of a soldier’s life during The Civil War. Bryant brings the battlefield – and the battle’s aftermath – to life for the reader. Though the first couple of chapters were perhaps a little too matter-of-fact, most of the book was very good and written in a way that kept me turning the pages. I actually finished the book within a few hours. I was drawn in to the hellish world of cannons, gunshots, and the wounded lying there longing for comfort and relief. I like that it was told from both sides of the war as well. It really brings to light how alike the “enemies” really are to one another. It’s something I can only try to imagine. I think this is a great tribute to the sacrifices made by those before us, and perhaps a grim reminder that war is never, ever glorious.