Journal of a Cavalry Bugler


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An intimate portrait of the Civil War, based on the real-life experiences of Charles Henry Dickey. His father, T. Lyle Dickey, practices law in the same courtrooms as Abraham Lincoln. While growing up, Charlie knows Mr. Lincoln as a family friend. When Fort Sumter fell, Charlie musters into the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, serves as General Sherman's bugler, member of General Grant’s escort and fights alongside African American troops. He also falls in love with a beautiful southern belle, but the chaos of war makes happiness seem impossible. When President Lincoln is assassinated, the nation loses its best chance for reconciliation, and war threatens to become permanent.

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Journal of a Cavalry Bugler

  1. 1. An intimate portrait of Charlie Dickey and his service during the American Civil War, based on his real-life experiences as General Sherman’s bugler, part of General Grant’s escort and fighting behind fence rows with African American troops. Historical Fiction Website: A Soldier's Friend. By Georgiann Baldino
  2. 2. T. Lyle Dickey, Charlie’s father, practiced law with Abraham Lincoln.
  3. 3. Interior of Fort Sumter in April 1861 after its surrender by U.S. garrison LC-DIG-ppmsca-35429 After Fort Sumter fell, four men in the Dickey family enlisted in the Union army.
  4. 4. Junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers Charlie joined Union forces encamped at Cairo, Illinois.
  5. 5. LC-DIG-ppmscd-0001 To get near Fort Henry by land meant moving through wild, hilly country filled with heavy timber.
  6. 6. Admiral Foote’s Navy led the assault, and Fort Henry fell to the Union February 6, 1862.
  7. 7. Grant consolidated forces for the next assault on Fort Donelson. Confederate batteries guarded the river.
  8. 8. Charlie blew the call “Boots and Saddles” and managed to get to his horse. A roar of musketry surrounded Shiloh Church
  9. 9. Diorama from Shiloh National Battlefield, photo by Georgiann Baldino Sherman posted his men in the right positions
  10. 10. Ulysses S. Grant, standing alongside his war horse, "Cincinnati" LC-USZC4-4579 Charlie served in General Grant’s escort for a time.
  11. 11. Direct assaults failed, and Grant settled in for a siege. In 1863, Union forces moved on Vicksburg.
  12. 12. African-American Troops proved themselves in battle.
  13. 13. Women faced hardships of war without husbands, sons, brothers or lovers.
  14. 14. Copyright 2014 Georgiann Baldino all rights reserved. “Taps” provided by U.S. Army Bands Online (ABO) provided as a public service by the Chief of Army Bands. Information presented on ABO is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Journal of a Cavalry Bugler available for Apple devices, Nook, from other fine e- book retailers and coming April 11, 2014, to Amazon in paperback and Kindle.