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The Long Roll: A Timeless Masterpiece of the American Civil War

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In the annals of American literature, few novels capture the grandeur and tragedy of the Civil War with such vividness and emotional depth as Mary Johnston's 'The Long Roll.' A sweeping historical epic published in 1911, this beloved work transports readers to the heart of the conflict, offering an unforgettable exploration of love, loyalty, and the transformative power of war.

A Cast of Unforgettable Characters

At the center of 'The Long Roll' is a cast of unforgettable characters whose lives intertwine amidst the chaos of war. Virginia Cary, a plantation heiress, epitomizes the grace and resilience of the Southern aristocracy. Her world is shattered by the outbreak of hostilities, and she must navigate the challenges of a divided nation and her own conflicting emotions.

THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
by Jacqueline Kimball

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 7664 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 715 pages
Lending : Enabled
Paperback : 250 pages
Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches

Supporting Virginia is a colorful array of soldiers, civilians, and historical figures. Dick Massingale, a young Virginian, embodies the idealism and bravery of the Confederate army. His journey from eager volunteer to hardened veteran reflects the war's profound impact on individuals.

On the Union side, readers meet Captain Absalom Breckinridge, a skilled tactician torn between his loyalty to his country and his love for Virginia. His presence adds a layer of complexity to the conflict, highlighting the personal sacrifices endured by both sides.

A Vivid Tapestry of History

Johnston's novel is not merely a story of individuals; it is also a meticulously crafted tapestry of historical events. From the opening skirmish at Fort Sumter to the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, 'The Long Roll' immerses readers in the realities of the Civil War.

Johnston's descriptions of battle are both graphic and evocative, capturing the chaos, terror, and raw courage of combat. She deftly weaves together the personal experiences of her characters with the larger narrative of the conflict, creating a vivid and compelling account of a pivotal moment in American history.

Love, Loss, and Redemption

Amidst the horrors of war, 'The Long Roll' also explores the enduring power of love. The relationship between Virginia and Dick is a tender and moving thread that runs throughout the novel, reminding readers of the human connections that can survive even in the darkest of times.

However, 'The Long Roll' is not solely a romantic tale. It is a story of loss, sacrifice, and the wounds that war inflicts on the human soul. Johnston unflinchingly portrays the devastation wrought by the conflict, both on a personal and societal level.

A Timelessly Relevant Masterpiece

Over a century after its publication, 'The Long Roll' remains a testament to the enduring legacy of the Civil War. Johnston's novel continues to resonate with readers today, offering insights into the complexities of human nature, the fragility of civilization, and the transformative power of conflict.

Whether you are a history buff, a lover of literature, or simply seeking an immersive and emotionally resonant story, 'The Long Roll' is an essential read. Its vivid prose, unforgettable characters, and timeless themes will leave an indelible mark on your mind and heart.

Embark on the epic journey of 'The Long Roll' today. Experience the grandeur, tragedy, and enduring human spirit that shaped the American Civil War.

THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
by Jacqueline Kimball

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 7664 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 715 pages
Lending : Enabled
Paperback : 250 pages
Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
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THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
THE LONG ROLL BY MARY JOHNSTON : Classic Edition Illustrations : Classic Edition Illustrations
by Jacqueline Kimball

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 7664 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 715 pages
Lending : Enabled
Paperback : 250 pages
Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
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