Six Days in September

Forthcoming from Savas Beatie in September 2017!

Set against the backdrop of the Army of Northern Virginia’s victorious summer of 1862, Six Days in September chronicles events during the final week of the Confederate invasion of Maryland, a period when the fortunes of General Robert E. Lee and his army fell from the heights of triumph to the low depths of disappointment and regret.

Witness Lee at the pinnacle of success and hopeful that one more victory will win the war for his cause. A chance event, however, quickly shatters his hopes and sends his army reeling back in defeat toward Virginia. The reverse notwithstanding, Lee, in his flawed and stubborn way, decides at the last minute that he cannot abandon his plan. He instead turns to face the enemy at Antietam and elects to fight the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. This too is a defeat, leading him to finally retire back over the Potomac River and continue the war there.

Campaign with three poor Alabama soldiers in Lee’s army caught in the maelstrom. Exhausted and starving, these men persevere through incredible hardship, teaching each other about the value of friendship and meaning of sacrifice for their cause.

Six Days in September recreates these dramatic events, propelling the reader back to a time when men sacrificed everything for what they believed and when the fate of the nation hung precariously in the balance.

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Praise for Six Days in September

“This page-turner of a novel about the Confederate perspective on the battles of South Mountain and Antietam provides the most vivid description I have read of
the desperate plight of Southern forces after these bloody reverses.” – James M. McPherson, author of Abraham Lincoln and the Pulitzer-prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom

“Rossino has crafted a highly readable work that will please anyone interested in this painful chapter in our nation’s history.” – Howard Bahr, award-winning author of The Black Flower and The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War

Six Days in September provides the best that historical fiction has to offer; capturing the drama, fear, and nail-biting tension experienced by those who participated in the momentous Confederate invasion of Maryland and the terrible Battle of Antietam.” – D. Scott Hartwig, author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

Six Days in September is an insightful look at the Maryland Campaign that examines the fateful decisions of Confederate commanders and recounts the travails of the enlisted men in Lee’s army. It’s a great read! ” – Thomas G. Clemens, ed., The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vols. 1 & 2

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