Baker & Taylor
A secession-to-Gettysburg fictionalization of the Civil War in the North Carolina city where Fort Fisher was located is told from the perspectives of several characters on both sides, from blockade-runner Matthew Sloane to seductive Confederate spy Belle O'Neal.Perseus Publishing
In this grandly ambitious masterpiece of Civil War fiction, noted novelist and historian William R. Trotter has created nothing less than an epic re-creation of the whole experience of the war—from secession to Gettysburg—within the microcosm of North Carolina, a theater of war never before brought to life in a major novel of the Civil War. Trotter's powerful story follows the intertwined fates of over two dozen major characters—real and fictional, Union and Confederate, combatants and civilians—swept up in the hurricane of war. In The Sands of Pride, he chronicles the exploits of bold blockade-runners like Southerner Matthew Sloane, intrepid naval warriors like Federal officer William Barker Cushings, sadistic bushwhackers like Cyrus Bone, and spies like the Confederacy's seductive Belle O'Neal. The novel's center of gravity is the beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the midst of a vibrant, bawdy "Golden Age". It was the South's most vital port and guarded by the largest, most formidable earthen fortress ever built in America, Fort Fisher, a stupendous feat of engineering and a symbol of Southern defiance. After every other significant Rebel port had been vanquished, Fort Fisher's guns kept open Wilmington's boisterous docks, which poured supplies from Europe that kept the Confederacy alive. The Sands of Pride tells a story both vast and intimate. Civil War buffs will be stunned by the stirring events depicted here. All readers will be fascinated by its colorful, passionate characters and swept along by its page-turning momentum.Blackwell North Amer
Centered in Wilmington, North Carolina, during a bawdy "Golden Age," Trotter's saga intertwines the fates of more than two dozen major characters - real and fictional, Union and Confederate, combatants and civilians. Chronicled are the exploits of staid plantation owner turned audacious sea captain Matthew Sloane; intrepid Federal naval officer William Barker Cushing; sadistic bushwacker Cyrus Bone; the seductive Confederate spy, Belle O'Neal; Jacob Landau, scion of a Jewish merchant family at whose emporium blockade-runners' goods bring in Confederate dollars; and Augustus Hobart-Hampden, unofficial representative of Queen Victoria to the Confederacy and lover of Jacob's daughter, Largo. At the confluence of the many stories flowing through this grand narrative towers Fort Fisher - literally built of sand - the most formidable earthen fortress ever erected in America. This symbol of Southern defiance, the guardian of Wilmington's boisterous docks, helped keep the South stocked with arms and supplies.Baker
Told from the perspective of characters on both sides of the battle, including blockade-runner Matthew Sloane and Confederate spy Belle O'Neal, depicts life during the Civil War in the North Carolina city where Fort Fisher was located.