Firman Kirk, a young lumberman from Pennsylvania, leaves the relative safety of his father's business to join the Union Army and participate in the greatest conflict this country has known. Before he departs, he meets a young woman with whom he starts an intense correspondence that sees him through the darkest days of the war and gives him hope in distant battlefields like Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. Experience what it was like as he recovers from a wound and endures extreme hardship as a Prisoner of War at the notorious Andersonville prison. Share in his triumph as he helps to dedicate a monument to those that served some fifty years after the close of that chapter in American history
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By Hazen Wardle
Aug 7, 2013
Firman Kirk was a happy young man of nineteen, living in Pennsylvania and running his own logging crew for his father’s sawmill when the Confederate army of the South fired on Fort Sumter, thus igniting the American Civil War. It was not a question of whether or not he would join in the fight to prevent the country from splitting in two, and soon he found himself signing to service with Thomas Kane. What some thought would be a short conflict turned into a terrible tragedy lasting over 4 years and taking the lives of many young men, including many of Firman’s friends. On the eve of Firman leaving home to join the army, he meets a young woman named Ophelia, and they agree to remain in contact. It is thoughts of her and her letters that keep young Firman sane and moving forward as he faces the realities of war and endures extreme hardships such as the cold winters with little to keep warm with or to eat, and living through the horrors of Andersonville prison that only German... More > concentration camps could rival. Told from the perspective of Firman himself, A Union of Brothers is a heartwarming tale of what life was like for many of the men in the Northern army, and quite possibly that of the Confederate. Suitable for most ages and interests, this story is based on the true accounts of Firman Kirk, as retold by the author, his great-grandson, Steven Kirk. It is not so much of a war story as it is a story about life, as it is full of his thoughts and musings, as well as letters between him, his parents, and Ophelia. Poignant, heart-warming and heart-breaking, you will revel in Firman’s triumphs and cry over his misfortunes. This is one story you must not let pass by you.< Less
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