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 "We waited a few minutes and then moved up, our boat being ordered up on the left and to wait untill all were landed, and just as we got our position the sentry fired after challenging us and calling the corporal of the guard. Some of the boats had struck the beach. In a minute up went a rocket and in a minute we heard the guns from Moultrie, Johnson and the batteries on Sullivan’s Island, and Sumter was playing with musketry and hand grenades as fast as she could."

Pvt. Charles Leaman's letter describing the marine/sailor attempt to retake Fort Sumter, Sept. 1863



A novel based on the letters of a young U. S. Marine, Civil War Official Records, personal diaries  and numerous periodical articles related to events  discussed in more than 90 letters to his family from January1863 until the end of the war. 


....... Don Collins brings Charles Leaman's letters to life ....

Major General Robert E. Haebel, USMC (Ret)


....... A great novel that has traced the historic naval strategy and operations of the Civil War, framed by the decisions of the Union leadership from President Lincoln, Secretary of the Navy and Admiral Dahlgren and reported on by a young Marine who captured the perspective of the young men who faithfully serve their Country. As A Marine, I was reminded of the challenges faced by the Marine Corps in its early years. It is a book worthy of a place in your library........

 Robert B. Johnston, Lieutenant General USMC (Ret)