Three Days in Hell by Blair Howard

Three Days in Hell

Three Days in Hell by Blair Howard
Publisher: Self
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (280 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

For more than two months, Union General William Rosecrans and his Army of the Cumberland pursued General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga. Finally, on September 18, 1863, on the banks of a small river in Northwest Georgia, the two great armies came face to face, and so began three days of hell, including the two bloodiest days of our nation’s Civil War.

Three Days in Hell is a novel, a work of fiction, based on actual historical events. The characters, with one exception, were all real people. The words they speak throughout the story are the author’s, the deeds they did, their success and failures, are their own. Drawing on many years of meticulous research, Blair Howard dramatizes one man’s contribution to the stunning Confederate victory at Chickamauga. Brigadier General Bushrod R. Johnson was the key player for the army in gray.

This is the story of Confederate General Johnson’s three days at Chickamauga, and his grand and glorious charge of more than a mile that smashed through the enemy lines and resulted in a resounding victory for the Confederate cause and an ignominious defeat for General Rosecrans. Even Johnson’s enemies praised what he did that day. Some compared it to Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, but where Pickett failed, Johnson succeeded.

Three Days in Hell, action-packed from start to finish, is the story of Confederate General Bushrod Johnson’s Chickamauga as told through the eyes and words of one of his staff officers, Major Chester Rigby. The author takes you onto the battlefield as no one has done before. He plunges you right into the center of the action, which doesn’t let up until the very end. It’s a story of heroism, desperate deeds, and death and destruction on a scale the likes of which had never been seen before.

This is a gritty, in-your-face, real look at what the Southern soldiers during the Civil War went through during the Battle of Chickamauga, the second-worse battle of the war. Except for the first-person narrator, all of the characters in this book are historic figures. Although the dialogue is, of course, fictional, it is obvious that the author did his homework and studied diaries and letters to get a sense of what the men were thinking and what they truly might have said.

This is not a pretty book, but then war isn’t pretty. For anyone who is interested in Civil War history, this is definitely a book to check out. It gives the reader a real sense of what is going on.

The battle descriptions show a great deal of research as well– but for this reader, those were not the primary draw of the book. The author made the characters come alive and become more than just names in the history book.

Good job!


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  4. Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing your review, this sounds like a great book!

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  6. I enjoyed the review, thank you! I see in one of your answers that you have written over 40 books! Quite impressive!

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  8. Becky Richardson says:

    What books do you like to read?

    • I read a lot, Becky. Historical fiction (Roman period, the early English Middle Ages, westerns, WWI and II). Science fiction, mystery (the old stuff by Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, Robert B. Parker, and so on). I try to read two or three books a week.

  9. Sounds like a great book – thanks for sharing!

  10. I love historical fiction! Sounds like an interesting read.

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