Preview: Rossino, “Six Days in September”

11 08 2017

9781611213454_2Just in from Savas Beatie is the unedited galley proof of Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862, by Alexander B. Rossino. (It appears that this is a new edition of the work previously published in 2015.) Novels are problematic subjects for a preview, since the typical features of notes, bibliography, maps, prefaces, and conclusions aren’t present. The subject matter is self-explanatory, thanks again to the post-colon subtitle. A flip-through reveals that this story is focused on the Confederate angle, and focuses on familiar “real life” players with a smattering of what I’m guessing are narrative-propelling, representative fictional characters.

The book is impressively blurbed, with James McPherson calling it a “page turner” that “provides the most vivid description…of the desperate plight of Southern forces” during these events; Scott Hartwig notes that it “provides the best that historical fiction has to offer”; and Tom Clemens calls it “an insightful look” and “a great read!”

Alexander B. Rossino is a resident of Boonsboro, MD. He is the author of Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity. 


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11 08 2017
ted

Thanks Harry. It is an impressive novel for a host of reasons, and I think people are going to really enjoy it. I hope everyone will get a copy and support Alex R in his debut national effort.

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14 08 2017
14 08 2017
ted

Thanks!

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15 08 2017
Alex Rossino

Harry – Thanks for taking the time to post on my book. Your observation is correct. The book attempts to convey the experience of Lee’s army in Maryland and of some local folks caught in the path of the war. I also tried to make why Lee made his decisions understandable, so there is an historical interpretation embedded in the storytelling. I humbly appreciate your mention of Six Days and hope you and others will enjoy the story.

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15 08 2017
Harry Smeltzer

Good luck with it, Alex!

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25 08 2017
Charlie Downs

I had the opportunity to read a galley copy and Alex has done a great job on it. I usually don’t read historical novels and stick to the history books, but since I live close to Antietam and read everything related to Antietam, I decided to give it a try. I would highly recommend it. I was unaware that this is a second edition and from what I understand, a lot has been tweaked and added, so if you have the first edition, try the second.

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25 08 2017
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks for the input, Charlie.

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26 08 2017
Alex Rossino

Thanks for the kind words, Charlie. You’re right, a lot has been tweaked and added to the new edition. Some of the new things include an expanded treatment of the fighting on Jackson’s front, a new short chapter on the fall of Rebel defenses at the Rohrbach Bridge, a revised afterword, and a new historical essay. I also added a scene with Lee greeting A. P. Hill’s troops on the Miler’s Sawmill Road after finding a source that confirmed he was there.

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