A Civil War soldier wins an inner conflict in
Echoes of Distant Thunder
By Frank P. Slaughter
By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Youre going to like Will Castor. This simple Civil War soldier is going to captivate you and show you a very different kind of war. Echoes of Distant Thunder by Frank P. Slaughter isnt one of those big Civil War books were all used to, but something much smaller and more personal, a look into the depths and scope of one mans soul.
The story begins in 1971 with an inheritance coming to Paul, Will Castors great great grandson: an antique wooden box containing some old letters, a pocket watch, and a Civil War-era revolver. The watch, inscribed Love Always, Mollie, is a mystery as is Wills tombstone with the word Peep carved beneath the Civil War designation of Pvt Bat D 1st Mich Art (Private in Battery D, 1st Michigan Artillary).
With these two mysteries in place were sent back in time. Chickamauga, Georgia, September 20, 1863. Another sleepless night for Union private, Will Castor, and a day of relentless battle. The Union is losing ground. They are withdrawing. Since just before daylight the cold, heavy air had carried the deep rumble of artillery fire to them from somewhere over on the left, and it had steadily increased in volume and urgency as the morning wore on.
The battle continued: The guns of Battery D were taking a terrible toll on the Confederates as they crossed the old cornfield, but they could not fire fast enough to stem the tide, and all six guns were running out of ammunition.