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by Terry Soileau

An abolitionist lawyer who serves as a captain in the Union Army is forced to question his faith in God when confronted with the loss of loved ones, including his wife, and with the human suffering, inhumanity, cruelty and chaos of the American Civil War.  He journeys through despair, faith and redeeming love on the bloody battlefields of Fredericksburg, Stones River, and Chickamauga.

“This is an eye opening novel about such emotional issues of the Civil War.” 


“The author does a wonderful job of portraying human nature and how each man when confronted with choosing between right and wrong is capable of doing both depending on the circumstances – especially in battle.”

Author note:  If you like a book that makes you think about such matters as war, God, and faith, you will like this book.  It is more a work of literary fiction on war than it is what is strictly known as “historical fiction”.  Examples of books in that camp would be Lincoln by Gore Vidal, Freedom by William Safire, and books by Howard Fast or John Jakes.  A Difference of Purpose fits in more with books like A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.