Review: GALVESTON by P.G. Nagle

Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.

Reva read Galveston by P.G. Nagle for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here is her review:

Galveston is the third book in P.G. Nagle’s Civil War in the Far West Series. The first two books, Glorieta Pass and The Guns of Valverde, were set in New Mexico; whereas, Galveston explored battles between the US Navy who sought to blockade, capture and control the Gulf coast and Rebel forces who fought with few weapons and supplies. The rebel navy consisted of boats covered with wood or even cotton and used as battering rams against the more sophisticated Union vessels. As in most Civil War battles, the southern boys fought with skill, honor, ingenuity and heart, but little materially.

I liked the characters, both north and south and those of the slaves. Historical facts were presented with authority and the writing was good, but maybe a little too detailed. I did learn a lot about a place I’ll probably never see and a time of great consequence. Then, as today, the best of the best go to war and the country is impoverished by the loss of so many brave and valuable assets. In the end, war appears to be a wholly stupid endeavor that impoverishes us all.

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  1. thanks for your review, as the mother of a soldier I quite agree that war is stupid.

  2. Irene, thanks for stopping by and weighing in.

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